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Acute vs Chronic Pain

Everyone experiences pain at one point or another.

It's often an indication that something is wrong.

What Is Acute Pain?

Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body.

Acute pain may be mild and last just a moment, or it may be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. Unrelieved acute pain, however, may lead to chronic pain.

Boston PainCare can see Acute pain patients within 24-48 hours and even the same day, if necessary.*

What Is Chronic Pain?

lower back painChronic pain persists despite the fact that an injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury.  Such a fear may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities.

Chronic pain may have originated with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

Boston PainCare can see Chronic pain patients in less than one week.*  Getting to Boston PainCare sooner can save time and money and unnecessary visits to the ER.

 

*A referral may be necessary.  Please check with the insurance provider.  

Rate your pain with our Pain Scale!

You have likely been asked to rate your pain on a scale from “1-10”. But what do the numbers mean? Click below to view the pain scale displayed in every exam room at Boston PainCare.  This pain scale is designed to allow us to understand how much your pain is affecting your ability to manage your daily activities and function.

The Pain Scale

 
Pain Buddy 

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