Acute Pain is normally treated by a physician immediately following the event that
caused the pain. In most cases acute pain is a result of a sudden event: such as
surgery, bone fractures, infections, cuts and lacerations, falls, and burns.
Usually acute pain does not last long, and it dissipates as the injury or condition heals.
Chronic Pain is long lasting and is the result of a disease or condition. Some chronic pain may be the result of trauma which caused a longer-term issue. In many cases the pain starts to affect the patient in unexpected ways like a loss of appetite, depression, and a decrease in energy. When a patient begins to experience chronic pain, it is time to see a doctor. Often conditions that accompany normal aging may affect bones and joints in ways that cause chronic pain. Other common causes are nerve damage and injuries that fail to heal properly. Although it may begin with an injury or illness, ongoing pain can develop a psychological dimension after the physical problem has healed.
• Spine and back pain
• Arthritis and osteoarthritis
• Damage to nerves
• Cancer and cancer treatments
• Joint damage and inflammation
Many types and levels of medication are available: from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for mild pain to narcotics like morphine and oxycodone for more debilitating pain. In some cases, antidepressants may be prescribed, particularly in cases where nerve damage is suspected.
Some people are using medical marijuana to treat their arthritis and other muscle aches
and pains, a new study reports. "Cannabis may help decrease, or in some cases
completely replace, the amount of opioid medication necessary to control pain,"
according to Dr. Maassen, "This is because cannabis works on many different pain
pathways in our body and can even interact with the separate chemical pathways
opioids work on."
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