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What is Acute Pain? Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain might be caused by many events or circumstances, including: 

  • Surgical Pain
  • Traumatic Pain, example: broken bone, cut, or burn
  • Muscle strain

Acute pain might be mild and last just a moment, or it might be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months, and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed.

What is Chronic Pain? Chronic pain is pain lasting longer than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anxiety, anger, and fear of re-injury. There are several different types pain which may result in chronic pain.