Acute and Chronic Pain – terms often used, seldom explained

Pain is commonly classified into acute and chronic. Acute pain implies a painful condition with a rapid onset or of a short course whereas chronic pain is referred to as a painful condition persisting beyond the normal time of healing.  Feizerfan and Sheh, (2015).

What makes pain stay around?

More than just a body part

To improve our chances of recovering from an injury we must take into consideration that there are several components to our wellbeing and health.  Often the social and psychological components are over looked e.g. being self-employed, exercise being your way to destress, the ability to care and help those around us… all factor into our ‘pain experience’.

The Road to Recovery

The graphic below shows that the road to recovery isn’t always as straight forward as we may hope. From the moment of injury (shown on the left side of the graphic) over to wellbeing (in the top right) we may take various paths. Here at Strong Lines WE recognise our job is to HELP YOU recognise where you are on this journey, then we can work together to get you back on the right road.  During this time, considering that each client is more than just ‘a painful joint or area’ but also has social, psychological and physical components to help turn that cycle of pain into a cycle of recovery.

In short, pain is not something that you should accept in your life, or something to be bombarded by painkillers. It is something to be recognised, then broken into its contributing components and dealt with in a logical and manageable way. Acting during the acute phase and getting onto the road to recovery early is essential to prevent chronic pain. So don’t just accept pain at the detriment of your life – LIVE. PAIN. FREE. 

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