myosesh Myotherapy Difference between acute and chronic pain

Difference between acute and chronic pain

There are some different definitions between acute and chronic pain but the biggest difference is that if a pain lasts long or not.

The definition of these pain is that acute pain lasts less than 1 month, chronic pain is the pain has been present more than three months and sub-acute pain is 1-3 months. However, some say acute pain is the pain has been present more than 3 months and chronic pain lasts more than 6 months.

Acute pain

 Acute pain is a sudden onset, short duration and occurs with something specific onset.   

Acute pain is caused by

  • Sports injury
  • Broken bone
  • Burns and cut
  • Labour and childbirth
  • Surgery

Chronic pain

 Chronic pain usually lasts and persists longer though the injury or illness is restored.

The examples of chronic pain are

  • Headache
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Nerve pain
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia pain

People with chronic pain tend to feel dull and achy pain, restricted ROM, fatigue, appetite and emotional change such as depression, anger, fear of re-injury that makes people difficult to get back to what they used to do.

 PAIN is such a subjective topic and different people have different sensitivity to pain. People also describe same pain as different pain. Practitioners have to question a lot to understand what kind of pain patients are feeling. The more you ask, the more we get information and comprehend.  

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