What is acute pain?
Acute pain is pain that comes on suddenly, usually as a result of tissue damage due to injury, surgery, or trauma. It typically goes away once the underlying cause has been dealt with and resolved. Acute pain is short-lived and should go away once the... injury has healed. Short-term pain treatments can keep you feeling comfortable until your injury heals.
Acute pain can put your life on hold for a little while as you heal. Once your injury has healed, however, you should be able to go back to living your best, most fabulous life3.
Chronic pain, or pain that lasts for three months or more, differs from acute pain, or the type of pain you may feel from an injury or strain that is temporary.4 Chronic pain is pain that has outlasted normal healing time.5 Chronic pain often doesn't serve a purpose in keeping you immobilised in order to prevent further injury. It is often residual pain from an underlying condition or illness.