What is the definition of Acute Pain?
Acute pain is defined as pain that occurs suddenly, is usually sharp, and lasts no longer than six months. Acute pain may be mild, moderate, or severe. Acute pain usually means that there is an underlying cause that needs to be evaluated. Acute pain goes away when the underlying cause has resolved. Some causes of acute pain include cuts and burns, dental work, muscle strains, inflammation, tissue damage, diseases, fractured bones, surgery, and labor and childbirth.
What are the symptoms for Acute Pain?
The symptoms of acute pain depend on the cause. Symptoms of acute pain include pain that occurs suddenly; an uncomfortable or unpleasant feeling; a sharp pain that may be mild, moderate, or severe and that lasts for hours, days, or months; pain that lasts no longer than six months; and pain that goes away when the underlying condition has resolved.
What are the current treatments for Acute Pain?
Treatment for acute pain depends on the cause and may include rest; cold or hot packs; physical therapy; exercise; stress reduction; aspirin; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen; muscle relaxants; opioids (narcotics); electrical stimulation therapy; antidepressants; trigger point injections; nerve blocks; steroids; and acupuncture.