Acute And Chronic Pain

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Acute And Chronic Pain

Acute pain is a type of pain that lasts for a shorter duration, whereas chronic pain lasts for a longer duration. Various treatment options are available for both acute and chronic pain, such as physical therapy, injections, medications, surgery, and heat and ice therapy. 

From headaches to toothaches, we have all experienced some type of pain at some point in our lives. In most cases, this pain is temporary; however, at other times, it can last for several weeks, months, or even years. Its cause, location, longevity, and circumstances all contribute to how doctors treat that pain and help you live the healthiest life possible. 

Pain – A Brief Introduction

Pain is an uncomfortable or uneasy sensation that usually indicates an injury or illness. It is a body’s way of telling you something isn’t alright. Pain can range from mild to moderate to severe. It may feel like a dull ache or sharp stab, or it may also be described as pinching, burning, throbbing, or sore [1]. 

There are different types of pain, but here we’ll discuss the most common types: acute and chronic pain. 

Difference Between Acute And Chronic Pain

Acute Pain 

Acute pain is a type of pain that lasts for a short duration, from minutes to about three months (sometimes for six months). It also tends to be related to a temporary illness or a soft-tissue injury, so it typically subsides after the injury heals or the illness subsides.

Chronic Pain 

Chronic pain is a type of pain that is persistent and usually lasts for a prolonged duration of more than six months. This type of pain continues even after the illness or injury that has caused it has gone away or healed [2]. 

Signs And Symptoms Of Acute Pain And Chronic Pain

Signs And Symptoms Of Acute Pain

The most common signs and symptoms of acute pain are – 

  • Burning 
  • Numbness
  • Pain that feels like something is stabbing you
  • Pain that seems to have a heartbeat
  • Weakness
  • Tingling [3]. 

Signs And Symptoms Of Chronic Pain 

The signs and symptoms of chronic pain vary. One may feel pain or stiffness that [4] – 

  • Dull
  • Sharp
  • Throbbing
  • Burning. 

This type of pain may also cause you to –

  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Have mood changes
  • Feel tired. 

Causes Of Acute And Chronic Pain 

Causes Of Acute Pain

Five causes of acute pain include – 

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

Causes Of Chronic Pain 

A few causes of chronic pain include – 

  • Arthritis – inflammation of the joints.
  • Headache
  • Cancer pain 
  • Nerve pain
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia – pain and tenderness in the whole body. 

If you have chronic pain, the stress of the pain affects the body, causing physical conditions like – a lack of energy, tense muscles, changes in appetite, and limited ability to move around. 

Chronic pain can have a negative impact on a person emotionally, causing – anxiety, depression, and anger. 

Acute And Chronic Pain Diagnosis 

It is important for patients to inform their healthcare providers of their medical history when they are diagnosed with acute or chronic pain. 

The doctor will then use the patient’s description of their pain to help diagnose the cause. 

They will ask the patients several questions so that the doctors can get to know the exact cause of their pain. 

Your doctor will want to know – 

  • How often does the pain occur?
  • Where is your pain?
  • What makes it better or worse?

Apart from asking questions, your doctor may physically examine your body and order tests to determine the cause of the pain. They may recommend the following tests: Blood tests, urine tests, X-rays, MRI, and electromyography to test muscle activity. 

Treatment For Chronic And Acute Pain

Below, we have outlined the treatment options for chronic and acute pain. 

Treatment Options For Acute Pain 

Rest and ice –

Resting the area that is affected and applying ice packs on that area can help reduce inflammation and pain, especially in cases of trauma or injury. 

Nerve blocks –

Nerve blocks involve injecting anti-inflammatory or anesthetic medication near nerves to block pain signals, providing temporary relief from pain. 

Heat therapy –

Heat therapy, such as heating pads, is also an excellent option for relieving acute pain by relaxing muscles and promoting blood flow. 

Injections –

Local anesthetic injections may be used to directly target and alleviate pain in specific areas, such as nerve roots or joints [5]. 

Treatment For Chronic Pain 

Trigger point injections –

This is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscles that have trigger points or knots that are formed when muscles do not relax. During this procedure, doctors use a small needle to inject a local anesthetic into a trigger point. This makes the trigger point inactive, alleviating the pain. 

Bioelectric therapy –

Bioelectric therapy provides relief from pain by blocking pain signals to the brain. This therapy also prompts the body to produce chemicals called endorphins that eliminate or decrease painful sensations by blocking the message of pain being delivered to the brain. 

Physical therapy –

Physical therapy helps to eliminate pain by using techniques that improve movement and function impaired by a disability or an injury. Physical therapy includes cold or heat on the part that hurts, stretching exercises, and massage, among others. 

Surgery –

In certain cases, surgical intervention is necessary to address the underlying cause of chronic pain [6]. 

Medications For Acute And Chronic Pain At Vedi Care Health 

There are various medications available to provide relief from acute and chronic pain. Some of the most effective medications available for treating acute and chronic pain are skeletal muscle relaxants,

opioid pain medications, and anticonvulsants. 

Skeletal Muscle Relaxant 

Skeletal muscle relaxers are a group of medications that are used to reduce and relax pain and muscle tension caused by various musculoskeletal conditions, such as muscle injury, sprain, or strain. 

Skeletal muscle relaxants are usually prescribed for acute pain. Soma is one of the most effective skeletal muscle relaxers available at Vedi Care. 

Soma pills, which contain carisoprodol as an active ingredient, are available under various brand names, but two of its most popular brands are Pain O Soma and Soma Dol.

Pain O Soma has been available on the market for a long time and is the most sought-after brand version of Soma pills.  It is available in two dosage strengths: Pain O Soma 350 mg and Pain o Soma 500 mg. 

Soma Dol, another name for Carisoprodol manufactured by ScieGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has recently gained popularity because it comes in a higher dosage than pain-o-soma, which has a maximum of 500 mg. Soma Dol has 750 mg. Three dosage strengths of Soma Dol are available: 350 mg, 500 mg, and 750 mg.

At Vedi Care Health, we carry both the well-known brand name Soma. Our page compares different brands of Soma pills and provides a quick medical and business comparison. 

Opioid Pain Medication

Opioid pain medications are a class of prescription drugs used to treat persistent or severe pain. One of the most common and effective types of opioid pain medication is tapentadol. 

Tapentadol is manufactured under various brand names, but Aspadol and Tapaday are some of the most popular and affordable brands for this medication. 

At Vedi Care, we offer a variety of Tapentadol brand versions. Our category offers a comprehensive selection of Tapentadol products.

Self-Help Methods For Pain Management

Here are a few ways in which individuals can manage acute and chronic pain. 

Meditation and breathing exercises 

Meditation is a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a state of heightened awareness and focused attention. 

Breathing exercises are relaxation techniques in which an individual focuses on taking slow, deep breaths. 

Medication and breathing exercises help relax the body and mind, improve psychological balance, increase calmness, and minimize stress and, of course, pain. 

Well-balanced eating

High-glycemic starches and processed sugars increase inflammation, which causes pain, redness, overheating, and swelling. Eating nutrient-rich foods like lean protein and more vegetables can keep the pain at bay and improve your quality of life. 


Physical workouts can play an important role in interrupting the vicious cycle of pain and reduced mobility found in some chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. People with pain can try simple aerobic exercises like walking, cycling, or swimming. 

Music therapy

Listening to any type of music can distract a person from pain and discomfort. In 2006, many independent studies reported that music may provide an effective complementary approach for relieving acute, procedural, and cancer/chronic pain [7]. 


It’s crucial to understand the differences between acute and chronic pain, as both types of pain respond differently to treatments. By recognizing the distinct characteristics, causes, and treatment options for acute and chronic pain, healthcare professionals can develop targeted interventions to eliminate symptoms and improve function and overall quality of life.


What are some of the examples of acute pain?

Some common examples of acute pain are surgery, dental work, broken bones, and burns or cuts.

Which is more severe, chronic or acute pain?

Chronic pain is more severe than acute pain and lasts for a longer duration that is longer than six months.

How do I know if my pain is chronic?

Pain is considered to be chronic if it lasts for a prolonged duration or comes and goes.

Which is the strongest drug for nerve pain?

Pregabalin, Gabapentin, and Tapentadol are some of the strongest drugs for nerve pain.

Which is the most common chronic pain?

Common types of chronic pain include - back pain, neck pain, and arthritis.


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