Sources of Pain
Pain attacks the human body at every vulnerable target -- muscles, bones, and joints. Everyone experiences pain at some point or another. Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant.
Acute pain may be mild and short-lived or severe and last for weeks or months. It typically begins suddenly and is usually characterized as “sharp.” Normally, pain will go away once the underlying cause is addressed and treated, and does not last longer than six months. Acute Pain may be caused by many different events or circumstances:
• Broken bones
• Dental work
Chronic pain persists despite the fact that an injury has healed. There are different classifications and no one right answer to what acute pain is, however if a pain has lasted at least six months, it is most likely chronic.
Common chronic pain:
• Back pain
• Cancer pain
• Arthritis pain
• Neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damaged nerves)
There are many different medications and treatments for pain.