Chronic versus acute pain

Living with pain can be a major challenge for anyone, as it can seriously impede your everyday activities. That’s why having a comprehensive pain management program is so important for those living with persistent pain. And the first part of tackling pain management is understanding the different kinds of pain that exist, so you can find the right solutions for you.

Speak with your healthcare professional if your pain is starting to get in the way of your day-to-day life. Our in-store consultants would also be happy to make product recommendations based on your unique needs.               

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What is pain?

Pain is a discomforting feeling that is a signal that something may be wrong in the body.

It can show up in a variety of forms, and is often described as: 

  • Steady
  • Throbbing
  • Stabbing
  • Aching
  • Pinching
  • And many other ways

It can also bring about additional symptoms like: 

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness 
  • Drowsiness
  • And more

It can also be accompanied by psychological effects such as:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Mood swings 
  • Irritability
  • And more

Know the difference: Acute & chronic pain

In a basic sense, acute pain comes on quickly and can go away if there is no ongoing cause. On the other hand, chronic pain typically lasts longer than six months and persists after the cause, such as an injury or illness, has been treated.

Examples of Acute Pain

  • Surgery
  • Broken bones
  • Dental work
  • Burns or cuts
  • Labor and childbirth
  • And more

Conditions Linked to Chronic Pain

  • Headache
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Nerve pain
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • And more

For more information on pain and pain management, speak with your healthcare professional. You can also explore the wide range of pain management products we carry by clicking the link below.

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General Disclaimer
This information is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.