Types of Tenderness

There are many different areas of the body that may be tender:

Similar Pain Symptoms: Tenderness may also be closely related to similar symptoms:

Causes of these symptoms vary greatly depending on the afflicted part of the body.

Sensations and Paresthesias: Tenderness also needs to be distinguished from nerve-type sensations that occur when you touch or tap an area. These symptoms include areas with abnormal sensations such as:

The medical name for these types of abnormal nerve sensations is “paresthesias”.

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Hyperalgesia: hyperalgesia - feeling pain from pressure or temperature that wouldn't normally be painful

Source: NHS Choices UK1

Categories of Tenderness

Categories for Tenderness may include:2

Category of Tenderness:

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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ complex-regional-pain-syndrome/ symptoms/ 
  2. Source: NCI Thesaurus

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