Most of us have experienced pain at some point in our lives. There are two distinct types of pain, Acute and Chronic. Acute pain can last up to 3 months and chronic pain persists past 3 months.

What is acute pain?
Acute pain happens suddenly and feels sharp and stabbing in nature. This can be mild and only last a few moments or it can be extremely severe and last for a few weeks or months.  Acute pain can be caused by many different circumstances but most include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Surgery
  • Burns or Cuts
  • Labor & Childbirth
  • Dental Works

What is chronic pain?

Chronic Pain can persist longer than 3 months even if the injury has been healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. You may experience both physical and mental effects.

Physical Effects:

  • Tight and tense muscles
  • Lack of energy
  • Limited range of motion or mobility

Emotional Effects:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear of re-injury

Common chronic pain complaints include:

  • Headache
  • Low back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • ¬†Neurogenic Pain (Pain from damaged nerves)