We have heard the terms acute and chronic pain, but do we know what they mean? We all have pain in our bodies but can it be classified as either acute or chronic, let’s find out!

We all experience “pain” by actual or perceived injury to body tissues that produces physical and emotional reactions. It is believed that the pain sensation has evolved to protect our bodies from harm. As we live our lives, pain can vary in greater or lesser degrees but is the most common reason we often seek out medical attention. Pain is one of those symptoms that is hard to actually determine the cost, everybody has varying degrees of “pain tolerance” and can only be defined in their terms, which could be extremely different to those you try to describe it to.

Acute pain appears suddenly and is generally the result of a clearly defined cause, injuries. This sudden onset of pain can generally be healed when its source or cause is healed but is also capable of turning into chronic pain if left untreated. Chronic pain on the other hand persists for weeks or months and is usually associated with an underlying condition, arthritis. The severity of chronic pain can be mild, moderate, or severe.

All treatments are dependent on the cause of the pain and the overall health of the individual affected. The primary goal of pain treatment is to return the patient to how they were before the pain started to affect their lives. Back to Wellness has a variety of tools available to help you resolve both the symptoms and causes of your Acute or Chronic Pain, find out more information here.