Is My Pain Acute or Chronic?

What is acute pain?

Acute pain is short lived, it can last less than a three month period. It can come very quickly, such as getting a paper cut, having a tension headache, or having a broken bone. Acute pain can also be your body’s normal response to any recent surgery or trauma to your body. It usually will go away when the reason for the pain is treated or the tissues have healed.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic Pain is an unpleasant discomfort that last’ for a prolonged period of time. Generally pain of this type can persist for more than three months and can last up to many years.  There are many interventional procedure for patients with chronic pain that will help them with their quality of life. A great way to help better manage your chronic pain is by stopping smoking, caffeine intake, reducing weight, exercising, and improving your nutrition and sleeping habits.

Does the Doctor know what is causing my chronic pain?

Sometimes pinpointing the cause of your chronic pain can be though. Minority of times there are patient cases where there are no clear indicators as to what may be causing the pain.

How can I treat my pain?

Patients with disorders that are caused by chronic pain should contact their physician for treatment options that will provide them the relief they need. Many treatment options may include physical therapy, steroid injections, chiropractic treatment, regenerative medicine, ketamine infusions, and stimulators. There are many interventional procedures that can be used and taking the appropriate steps to pinpoint your pain will get you right on track to live a pain free lifestyle.

Pain feels different for each individual patient and each case is different. Describing your pain or keeping a pain diary can help your healthcare provider find the best treatment plan for you. Call us today to schedule your consultation or email us.