Understand Your Pain
Learn about strategies for managing acute and chronic pain
You've been in pain for a few months now. But is your pain acute or chronic? Understanding the difference between the two is very important when it comes to talking with your health care team and planning pain-management strategies.
Acute pain typically lasts for a few weeks and can happen for many reasons. It's usually caused by something specific, such as a surgery, a back injury, or a sprained ankle, and goes away after your body has healed.
When pain continues after healing, it's defined as chronic pain. Chronic pain is much more complicated than acute pain. Chronic pain can impact your mood, your lifestyle, and your overall well-being.
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Updated January 14, 2020