Acute Pain Versus Chronic Pain

Acute Pain Versus Chronic Pain

Pain is the uncomfortable, burning, unpleasant sensation you feel. It comes in many forms. It can appear all of a sudden or it can come gradually. It’s your body trying to tell you that something is wrong.  Pain ranges from mild to moderate to severe and from occasional to constant. You are the best judge of your pain.

What is Acute Pain?

Acute pain starts suddenly, very sharp and is usually the result of an injury, surgery or medical illness. For example, you’ll have acute pain after dental work, when you burn or cut yourself, after surgery, when you break a bone or during childbirth. Acute pain typically goes away within the normal healing process. Generally, acute pain lasts for 0 to 12 weeks, disappearing when the underlying cause is treated. When acute pain is not dealt with, it can turn to chronic pain. However, for the most part, acute pain is easier to deal with.

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain continues for longer periods of time, and can be associated with frustration, depression and anxiety. Chronic pain is pain that persists even after the underlying cause has been dealt with. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts over 12 weeks. In some cases, there is chronic pain in the absence of injury or trauma, as is the case with fibromyalgia. The pain signals stay active for weeks and sometimes years. Chronic pain complaints include cancer pain, arthritis pain, low back pain, headache, migraine, and neurological pain to name just a few.

Chronic pain can be disabling, extremely frustrating, and can interfere with your quality of life. Doctors who are not trained in pain management can have difficulty coming up with a pain management regime that works. If you suffer from chronic pain, ask your doctor for a pain management referral. We will create a treatment plan that works for you. We offer individualized treatment for each patient. Our pain management care includes medication management, interventional treatments or a combination of the two. Each patient receives a thorough review of medical records and imaging studies, along with a comprehensive physical examination. 

Some chronic pain management treatment include:

  • Medications: both over the counter and prescription medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, narcotics, muscle relaxants, antidepressants and many others.
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections: such as joint injections, disc injections, epidural steroid injections, trigger point injections, etc.
  • Never blocks:  the use of a local anesthetic to block a group of nerves.
  • Spinal decompression therapy
  • Surgery
  • Acupuncture
  • Etc. Talk to us for more treatment options.

Pain can be debilitating and it doesn’t have to interfere with your life. We can improve your quality of life and help you live pain free. Call us at (813) 549-7465 for a consultation or to find out more about our program.

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