Difference Between Chronic Pain and Acute Pain

February 21, 2017

acute vs chronic pain

If you suffer from back pain or neck pain, the first step to relieving your pain is to diagnose the cause. Pain typically falls under two categories – acute pain and chronic pain. If you’re not sure which type of pain that you’re experiencing, learn the differences between acute pain and chronic pain along with treatment options

What is Acute Pain?

Acute pain refers to the pain brought on by a specific, identifiable cause. The biggest factor that separates acute pain from chronic pain is that acute pain typically only lasts up to four weeks. Unlike chronic pain, acute pain comes and goes very quickly. In the chiropractic world, some possible causes of acute pain are:

  • Slips
  • Falls
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work Injuries
  • Minor car Accidents
  • Sleeping wrong
  • Burning your hand on the stove

Acute pain is usually treated via routine treatment methods including rest and ice. Although acute pain does not last as long, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s less severe. The feelings of acute pain tend to be sharper, primarily in one concentrated area, which can make the pain worse.

What is Chronic Pain?

On the other hand, chronic pain isn’t as fleeting. Chronic pain is pain that lasts more than three months. The feeling of chronic pain continues to persist even after the injured area is healed. Because of this, chronic pain is usually unaffected by routine treatment options such as painkillers, or rest.

Chronic pain can be harder to diagnose than acute pain because chronic pain isn’t quite as obvious. For example, the causes of chronic back pain might be caused by any number of issues, including:

Treatment of Chronic Pain

Acute pain usually goes away in time, whereas chronic pain typically requires treatment in order to heal. If you’re suffering from chronic back pain or neck pain, The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic can help. Dr. Jason Davis and his team of chiropractors in The Villages® Community provide successful non-surgical pain relief to The Villages, Florida and surrounding areas.They can help you diagnose your pain and recommend treatment so that you can be on the road to recovery. Give them a call today at (352) 430-2121.


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The Villages, FL 32159

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