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RECOVAPRO: UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACUTE AND CHRONIC TYPES OF PAIN
Pain is a warning sign that something wrong has happened or is happening in our body and is generally classified as either acute or chronic.
Characteristics of Acute Pain
Characteristics of Chronic Pain
More on Chronic Pain…
Chronic pain can be really frustrating because of the cluster of related symptoms that may occur with it. It is often associated with the physical symptoms of muscle tension, limited mobility, weakness, and fatigue, as well as psychological stress due to depression, anxiety, appetite changes, persistent fear of re-injury, decreased energy and ability to perform everyday activities.
Why Is Knowing the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Pain Important?
The main difference between acute and chronic pain lies in the underlying cause of each. Knowing the difference between the two can provide a basis for treatment strategy, whether to address the treatable cause or manage the related symptoms. Acute pain typically results from a known, definite, and treatable cause. Chronic pain is not well understood and therefore may be incurable or is difficult to manage.
Acute and Chronic Pain Treatments
The treatment of pain depends on the cause and the associated symptoms with the goal of safely and quickly returning a patient to the best possible function. There are many options to treat acute and chronic pain, and it may be a combination of several pain relief methods, which are considered to be more effective than just utilizing a single method.
In chronic pain, if the cause is identified, then the cause is appropriately treated. For example, rheumatoid arthritis is due to the disease of the immune system and can be managed with the use of DiseaseModifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs), which acts by altering the underlying disease process rather than treating symptoms. However, even if the cause is not known or considered untreatable, the symptoms are always treated.