|Long-lasting (more than 3 months)|
|Usually the result of an injury||Usually the result of an underlying condition or long-term illness|
|Examples of acute pain causes: sprains, cricked necks||Examples of chronic pain causes: Osteoarthritis, Lyme’s disease|
Responds well to pain treatments
|Can be resistant to pain treatment|
- Resting the affected area
Rest can aid healing. In fact, one of the primary purposes of acute pain is to get us to slow down and let the body rest.
- Applying heat or ice
Heat or ice can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Doing so can help your body heal and may alleviate pain.
Surgery sometimes is needed to resolve an internal source of acute pain, in the instance of appendicitis, for example. Speak to your healthcare professional immediately if you believe this may be the case.
Though it may sound counterintuitive, sometimes light exercise can help relieve pain by increasing blood flow to the affected area. Be very careful, however. Putting stress on an injured muscle or joint can have the opposite effect. If you feel increased pain, stop immediately. If you’re concerned about what type of workout may be appropriate, consult a healthcare professional.
- Steroid injections by your medical professional
Steroid injections must only be undertaken at the instruction of your healthcare provider. He or she will administer them as well.
- Muscle relaxants
Sometimes the muscles surrounding the affected area can tense up in response to acute pain. Muscle relaxants can help relieve this tension.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Iodex UltraGel are useful to relieve acute soft tissue pain.8