Pain Management Centers of New England
Pain Management Centers of New England
Pain Management Centers of New England
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Acute Vs. Chronic Pain:
Understanding the Difference

Pain is a normal part of life. When we experience an injury or are stricken with a disease, pain tells our bodies that something is wrong. In this respect, pain can be life-saving. However, when pain persists or is severe in nature, quality of life is often diminished. Before an individual can pursue the goal of pain relief, it is first important to understand the type of pain experienced, starting with the classification of discomfort as acute or chronic. Is the pain sharp in quality? Was its onset sudden? Is the pain the result of an injury, surgery, or unknown element? Has the pain continued after its known cause has been treated or has healed? Knowing the answers to these questions can help patients understand the difference between acute and chronic pain and begin on the path to acute and chronic pain control.

Acute pain is generally brief in nature and is the direct result of an injury or disease. When the condition or conditions causing pain are treated, and the body has healed, acute pain will subside. Broken bones, post-operative pain, and burns are common causes of acute pain and can often be alleviated through pharmacological pain management. Alternatively, chronic pain can persist even after an injury has healed or a condition has been treated. In such instances, the nervous system continues the transmission of pain signals to the brain, causing prolonged periods of unchecked discomfort. Consequently, managing and regaining control over chronic pain becomes the end goal for patients whose pain problems have taken a toll on their physical and emotional health.

Pain Types & Common Pain Conditions

The causes of pain are wide-ranging. Whether the result of injury, musculoskeletal deterioration, disease, or syndrome, there are a number of pain management procedures and services available to patients afflicted with debilitating pain conditions, including interventional pain procedures, physical rehabilitation, and pharmacological treatments. If you suffer from acute or chronic pain and live within the New England regions of southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, relief may be within reach. The doctors, specialists, and caring staff of Pain Management Centers of New England utilize state-of-the-art and minimally invasive treatment strategies to get at the root cause of your pain, and put into action evidence-based treatment strategies with the goal of long-term pain control.

Conditions Treated at Pain Management Centers of New England:

Acute and Chronic Conditions Treated by Pain Management Centers of New England
  • Back, neck, and musculoskeletal pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Cervical or lumbar pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neuropathy
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Post-traumatic pain
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles pain and post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Spinal nerve pain
  • Vascular insufficiency pain
  • And more

Acute and chronic pain can make the simple and mundane seem like insurmountable challenges. If your work, relationships, and happiness have fallen causality to uncontrolled discomfort, regain control with the assistance of the caring physicians and staff of Pain Management Centers of New England. As a patient of our New England-based pain management practice, you can expect the attentive one-on-one attention that is demanded for the complete understanding of your pain and its source.

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