Live Online Courses by Dr. Katz: http://dentox.com/all-courses/botox-training/ http://dentox.com/all-courses/dermal-fillers/ http://dentox.com/all-courses/advanced-aesthetics-medical-spa-treatments/ Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 905-5780 Nobody likes to get an injection, or a shot as some of us call it. The thought of a needle being stuck into any part of our bodies makes most of us cringe in fear of pain. Usually the immediate pain from an injection abides quickly. However, sometimes the injection site simply hurts. Why is that? What causes so much pain, making injections one of the most feared medical procedures ever? Adults and children alike have phobias of injections. Here are some reasons why injections hurt. It is not all in your head. • Needle size does make a difference. Some argue that needle size makes no difference. However, research indicates that smaller gage needles, such as 30 and 31, are shown to reduce the amount of pain from an injection. For example, needles utilized to administer insulin are very small by design, to reduce bleeding and irritation. Historically, researchers have tried to reduce needle size to reduce the fear and anxiety from seeing a large needle coming toward you. It should be noted, though, that not all content can be delivered via small needles. Therefore, needle size is generally set based upon the type of medication being administered. • Content. Sometimes it is the medication or vaccination that causes pain and not the needle itself. It is easy to mistake this pain for injection pain. Nevertheless, the injection still hurts. If the content to be delivered via needle is oil based, there are more indications for pain versus something that is water based. Vitamins and minerals injected via needle versus IV tend to cause more pain due to their chemical makeup. • Mental preparedness. Most people have an inherent fear of injections. This may be based due to cultural indicators or by personal experiences. The visual of watching a needle approach is often enough to cause pain from a mental standpoint. The simple act of focusing on the needle makes it more fearful, and therefore, a perception of pain exists. • Physical indicators. People often become tense in anticipation of receiving an injection. When you tense or tighten your muscles, this creates additional pain. Part of receiving an injection is a temporary pain from a needle prick or stick. However, part of the pain from an injection comes from what is injected into your body. And lastly, part of the pain from injection comes from your mental perception of an injection.