Acute versus Chronic Pain

Southwest Spine and Pain Center features specialized pain doctors who provide dedicated care through pain treatments and spine surgery. The practice is comprised of Dr. Derek Frieden, Dr. Jon Obray, Dr. Rick Obray, and Dr. Brian Richardson, whose specialties include:

  • Epidural injections
  • Decompression
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Radiofrequency

Together, the doctors and medical staff work to properly diagnose and treat both acute and chronic pain through surgical and nonsurgical means. Pain is a part of everyday life whether it is a broken bone, or a paper cut. However, it is important to know the difference between acute and chronic and how to properly diagnose the pain. The team at Southwest Spine and Pain carefully targets pain and works with each patient for their individualized pain and recovery.

Pain is an uncomfortable feeling in the body that can come from an injury, infection, or trauma. It can come on strong and quickly, or may slowly affect the body. Acute pain is “normal” pain that appears suddenly, usually immediately after an injury, surgery, childbirth, etc. This kind of pain should only last for a moment or for the duration of the injury/trauma or infection. After the body has healed, the pain should subside immediately or soon after.

Chronic pain may be the cause of unrelieved acute pain. If pain lasts longer than six months, than it is usually chronic. This pain continues to affect the body well after an injury has healed. Some physical symptoms of chronic pain include tense muscles, limited range of motion, and loss of energy. Emotional effects may be depression, anxiety, and/or anger. When chronic pain is significant, it can seriously change a person’s nervous system. The most common conditions of chronic pain include:

  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Pain from nerve damage
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain not from an injury or visible bodily damage

Acute pain is more easily treated than chronic pain. Doctors are working to advance treatments for this disease. Southwest Spine and Pain Center offers diagnostic and treatment services all in one building. Schedule an appointment today to meet with a doctor and start treating your pain.

If chronic pain is impacting your life, don't wait to schedule an appointment at Southwest Spine and Pain Center. With three locations and growing, the pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center are dedicated to helping those who suffer from chronic pain live the life they want to! To schedule an appointment, visit our locations tab!

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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