Pain (Acute & Chronic)
When it comes to pain, it can come on suddenly, or it can gradually present itself. Every individual experiences pain differently, and feelings of pain can range from minor and sporadic to severe and continuous. Two classifications of pain are acute pain and chronic pain.
Is It Acute Pain?
When your pain begins suddenly and severely, it is considered to be acute. This type of pain is often a warning of a disease or the result of an injury. Causes of acute pain include:
- Broken bones
- Dental work
- Labor or childbirth
Or, Is It Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is ongoing and can continue on after an injury has healed. There are both physical effects of chronic pain, like muscle tension, limited mobility and a lack of energy, as well as emotional effects, such as depression and anxiety.
Common types of chronic pain are:
- Low back pain
- Cancer pain
- Psychogenic pain (pain not due to a diagnosed disease or injury or without any visible sign of damage)