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What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Duration

Acute pain lasts an order of days or weeks, while chronic pain can last months to years or even be permanent.
They typically have different causes.

In brief: Duration

Acute pain lasts an order of days or weeks, while chronic pain can last months to years or even be permanent.
They typically have different causes.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine
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In brief: Duration

The duration of pain determines if it is acute or chronic.

In brief: Duration

The duration of pain determines if it is acute or chronic.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
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Dr. Mila McManus
Family Medicine

In brief: How long pain lasts

Acute means rapid onset of pain, and is usually relatively quick to resolve.
An example would be pain from a minor scrape or burn. Chronic means long term pain, such as seen with arthritis or major sports injury.

In brief: How long pain lasts

Acute means rapid onset of pain, and is usually relatively quick to resolve.
An example would be pain from a minor scrape or burn. Chronic means long term pain, such as seen with arthritis or major sports injury.
Dr. Mila McManus
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine

In brief: Duration

Acute and chronic pain are differentiated by the duration of the pain symptoms themselves.
Acute pain is often very quick in onset but also relatively rapid in dissipating, ie. Less than a few weeks. Whereas chronic pain can be both slow and quick in onset, however its duration can be quite lengthy, ie. 2-3 months or more in duration and sometimes unfortunately many years.

In brief: Duration

Acute and chronic pain are differentiated by the duration of the pain symptoms themselves.
Acute pain is often very quick in onset but also relatively rapid in dissipating, ie. Less than a few weeks. Whereas chronic pain can be both slow and quick in onset, however its duration can be quite lengthy, ie. 2-3 months or more in duration and sometimes unfortunately many years.
Dr. Kevin Considine
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine

In brief: It is base on time

One classification: acute pain if less than a month, sub-acute if between 1-6 months, and chronic as more than 6 months since the time of onset.
Others may classify as less than 3months, 3-6 months, and more than 6 months. Lets not to forget that patient might have acute exacerbation of chronic pain.

In brief: It is base on time

One classification: acute pain if less than a month, sub-acute if between 1-6 months, and chronic as more than 6 months since the time of onset.
Others may classify as less than 3months, 3-6 months, and more than 6 months. Lets not to forget that patient might have acute exacerbation of chronic pain.
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