Episode1 Segment 2 - What is acute pain and chronic pain?
Fast Fact 1
Acute pain is an
Fast Fact 2
Chronic pain lasts
for more than
What is acute pain?
- Acute pain is usually a result of an injury or illness causing some form of tissue damage or swelling.
- Acute pain is a really useful alarm system.
- The role of acute pain is to stop us doing things that cause, or might cause, damage to our bodies.
- Acute pain lets us know that something is going wrong with a part of our body
- Acute pain normally fades as the injury or damage heals and lasts for a few moments days or weeks
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is pain that has been present for more than 3 months.
- It may be due to an ongoing condition or disease eg arthritis or Lupus
- It can result from nerve damage
- It can be an over-sensitive nervous system
Chronic pain might be constant; or the pain may vary or occur again and again. Some specific treatments may help to reduce some of the main triggers. If you have a known chronic disease that causes pain, it is very important to have regular monitoring by your healthcare provider. This may reduce your pain.