Pain is a highly subjective experience that varies from person to person; two people might feel a similar sensation of pain, but one might be suffering from acute pain and the other from chronic pain. In this post, we hope to shed light on the difference between each type of pain, and how you can recognize one from the other.
As we noted in our article concerning acute pain (LINK to “What’s Hurting? Causes and Symptoms of Acute Pain” article), the symptoms of this type of pain can be severe. While it’s important to have basic understanding of acute pain and how it affects the bodily tissue, you might not care about that while experiencing it! What’s important for you is possessing a basic knowledge of First Aid. By understanding how to treat your acute pain immediately, you will decrease the time spent healing your injuries, and therefore decrease the time spent in pain.
Acute pain is the most recognizable type of pain. Unfortunately, all of us have experienced it at some point in our lives! Acute pain affects you immediately and goes away quickly after its cause is removed from the equation. Remember the last time you sprained your ankle or wrist while playing sports? Have you ever strained your back from gardening or lifting heavy objects? These are all examples of your brain interpreting an injury as acute pain, and letting you know that you need to do something about it!