Acute pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 3 to 6 months. Any pain that worsens or is long lasting is considered chronic pain. About 1 in 4 people suffer from acute pain each year. Acute pain can be mild and last for just a moment, or it might be sever, lasting for a few weeks. The reason so many people suffer from this pain is because it is caused by all sorts of injuries or incidents. A few examples of acute pain are:
- Stubbing your toes
- Broken bone
- Touching a hot stove
- Paper cut
- Labor pains
- Acute headaches
For acute pain, there are multiple treatment options. The treatment depends on the exact cause of the pain, but most acute pain can be treated with at home remedies. Some of those include:
- Resting the area of pain
- Heat or ice on the area of pain
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
If your pain lasts longer than 3 months or worsens, you should make an appointment with your doctor.
How Alabama Pain Physicians Can Help
At Alabama Pain Physicians, our goal is to better the quality of life of our patients. We take your pain seriously and strive to establish an accurate diagnosis along with a treatment plan to ultimately minimize pain. To determine the exact cause of you pain, our physicians will perform a physical exam and use your complete medical history to help find the best treatment options suited for you. In addition to the physical exam and history, you may also need imaging studies and tests to help the physician determine the cause of you pain. Contact Alabama Pain Physicians today and let us help get you on the right track to managing you pain.