Acute pain is the body’s normal response to an injury, such as a cut, an infection, or other physical injuries. It is typically a sensation that comes fast and often goes away in no more than a few weeks or months’ time, if treated properly. It does not affect or reduce quality of life and well-being over the long term. However, acute pain can turn into chronic pain if the pain becomes too difficult to treat.
Chronic pain generally refers to intractable pain that lasts for three months or more and is not cured following a treatment. Chronic pain is viewed as a disease state rather than as a symptom of another health problem. Often times, chronic pain cannot be treated or cured, but can only be managed. It reduces the quality of life, well-being, and ability to function over the long term.