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Acute vs Chronic Pain


Jun 2, 2017

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Sometimes talking to a doctor about your pain is difficult, especially when some of the vocabulary is unfamiliar. An important distinction to make is the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. Understanding these terms can help you explain your pain situation, and it can help your doctor to more easily decide on treatment.

Acute Pain

This type of pain is basically described as a short-term pain, lasting less than 3 to 6 months. It is most often related to tissue damage or injury. This type of pain can come from various activities or injuries. For example, you may experience acute pain when you pick up a box that is too heavy. The pain is often suddenly noticeable.

The good news about acute pain is that usually the cause is easily diagnosed. This makes treatment less complicated in most cases. However, it is important to see a doctor about acute pain, so it can be treated promptly. Don’t just wait and expect the pain to go away on its own. Sometimes, when acute pain receives no treatment, it can turn into chronic pain.

Chronic Pain

Unlike acute pain, this type of pain usually has a cause that is less obvious. Chronic pain can come from a number of different sources, and therefore, is harder to treat. It is defined as pain that lasts longer than 3 to 6 months or after the tissue has healed.

If other methods are unsuccessful, treatment for chronic pain is often reduced to simple pain management. This can be very discouraging for some people who have to resign themselves to living with pain for the rest of their lives.

At Advantage Spine & Disc we offer another option that goes beyond just pain management – Laser Therapy. This form of treatment targets the source of the pain and stimulates healing by reducing inflammation and increasing circulation, among other things.

Schedule your appointment with Advantage Spine & Disc today!


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