Is Your Pain Chronic or Acute?

Chronic vs Acute Pain | Integrated Pain Consultants, Scottsdale, Mesa, AZ

Is Your Pain Chronic or Acute?

We’ve all experienced pain from time to time – a fall onto the ground, a burn from a hot pot, a major headache, a stubbed toe, even a paper cut. It’s normal to have pain when you’ve injured yourself. That’s your body’s way of telling you someone if wrong. But if your injury has healed and you’re still experiencing pain 3–6 months down the road, it’s time to have a discussion with your doctor or the pain management specialists at Integrated Pain Consultants.

There are two main types of pain: acute and chronic. Read on learn the differences between these two, and when you should seek help from a doctor. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie CosijnsDr. Lisa SparksDr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.

Acute Pain

Acute pain is normal pain that everyone experiences. It comes on suddenly and lasts only a temporary period of time. This type of pain is considered a good type of pain because it lets you know that you are injured. Acute pain lasts only until the injury is healed.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a form of pain that millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis. You may have had a major surgery or back pain. Once the injury has healed, you may continue to feel pain, and this becomes a disease in itself. If your doctor is telling you that the injury has healed, but the pain persists, something is wrong.

Chronic pain can last much longer than acute pain. It lasts at least six months and, in many cases, can last many years. If you are experiencing chronic pain, there is something wrong with your nervous system. Your body is becoming more sensitive to pain, which means the pain you are feeling can be severe and long-lasting for no apparent reason.

There are some diseases that can cause chronic pain. These include arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and cancer. In some cases, however, the cause of the pain is unknown. If you are experiencing back, neck, joint, or nerve pain much longer than you have expected, ask your doctor about treatment options.

Have Scottsdale Pain Management Expert Dr. Nikesh Seth Relieve Your Pain

Whether your pain is chronic or acute, you deserve some form of relief. Work with the board certified pain management experts Integrated Pain Consultants have many treatments that can help. Schedule an appointment at one of the three Phoenix offices today and experience relief. Get started by booking your appointment online – (480) 626-2552.

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