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Acute & Chronic Pain

Acute pain

Acute pain is a type of pain that typically lasts less than 6 months, and sharp in quality. Acute pain usually comes on suddenly and is caused by something specific such as soft tissue damage or a ligament sprain. It goes away when there is no longer an underlying cause for the pain. Causes of acute pain include:
  • Surgery
  • Broken bones
  • Dental work
  • Burns or cuts
  • Labor and childbirth

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a type of pain that lasts longer than 6 months, and can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.

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