What is the Difference between Acute and Chronic Pain?
Pain is defined as either being "acute" or "chronic". If the pain from an injury, illness or surgery is temporary, it is considered to be "acute". Although acute pain is usually treated with medication, cold, heat, or rest; research shows that alternative treatments such as hypnotherapy, acupuncture and biofeedback can also be used. These forms of holistic pain management are provided at IHC.
Chronic pain on the other hand is long lasting. The cause can also be from illness or injury, but it has a greater impact the individual as well as the family. Many chronic pain sufferers often report feeling depressed, anxious and hopeless. Managing pain properly facilitates recovery, prevents additional health complications, and improves an individual’s quality of life.
What is Pain?
Pain alerts your brain to potential or actual damage to the body. To prevent further damage it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Some pain can be caused by inflation, nerve related trauma, disease and/or other medical conditions.
Emotionality also has a profound effect upon the influence of pain. Mental/emotional trauma can create tension in your body that can result in muscles going into spasms. Nerves run throughout the muscle fibers and become “pinched” or squeezed sending pain messages to the brain. Thus, physical pain in your body may not always be due to the physical trauma and at times difficult to distinguish. Subsequently, when pain is precipitated by emotions, it can be controlled more effectively through bio-psychological interventions.
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