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At What Point is Your Pain Chronic and When Does It Require Medical Intervention?

At What Point is Your Pain Chronic and When Does It Require Medical Intervention?

Pain symptoms can be roughly divided into two types: acute and chronic. Acute pain is specific, often sudden, and typically sharp in nature, while chronic pain can be more mysterious. In some cases, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of chronic pain, so it may be impossible to predict how long the pain will continue or how severe the pain might become.

Even though it may be hard to explain or quantify chronic pain, it certainly remains very real for the patient, and without effective pain management, their quality of life can be drastically reduced.

When chronic pain keeps you from living your best life, it’s time to visit Centennial Spine and Pain. As a practice devoted to pain relief solutions, we have a wide range of options to help you. 

What is acute pain?

The causes of acute pain are usually obvious. When you stub your toe, your toe hurts. When the toe heals, the pain leaves. In fact, the pain may even be gone before your toe heals, gradually tapering off until it’s no longer detectable.

Acute pain typically follows a pattern of cause and effect, and those who suffer from it usually know why it’s happening.

What is chronic pain?

Pain is generally classified as chronic if it continues past three months. Furthermore, there are generally two types of chronic pain: pain with an obvious cause and pain without an obvious cause.

Pain with an obvious cause

Pain with an obvious cause would include conditions like arthritis. In cases like these, the pain will likely continue until the condition is treated. And once the condition is treated, the pain will likely go away or lessen in intensity 

Pain without an obvious cause

However, there can be chronic pain from a cause that’s not so obvious. For instance, an injury could seemingly heal, but the pain could continue. For example, nerves could get damaged or reach a type of conditioning where they continue to report pain through new pathways that sensitize the central nervous system to pain.

Furthermore, other factors unrelated to an injury could begin to affect the pain response, including a decline in overall or mental health.

When to seek treatment for chronic pain

Because the experience of chronic pain is often personal, based on conditions unique to you, only you can say when pain is significant enough to warrant medical intervention. The effects of pain can’t always be quantified by anyone else. 

However, at Centennial Spine and Pain, we can evaluate the impact of your pain, investigate treatable causes, and discuss potential solutions. Depending on your condition, we may recommend any of the following options:

If you suffer from chronic pain, we can team up with you and help you live a better quality of life. To discuss your condition and learn about your treatment options, book an appointment online or over the phone with Centennial Spine and Pain today.

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