Acute pain occurs when an injury is fresh and active, and can stop you in your tracks. It is often the most severe, with nerve endings firing non-stop. This also potentially indicates progression or exacerbation of a chronic condition.

Chronic conditions (older problems lasting more than six months) can also have bursts of acute pain, and when this occurs within a chronic condition it can signifya flare-up or a worsening (exacerbation).

It’s important to qualify these pains since treating each of them takes on a different strategy.

Acute pain does not have to mean severe pain. New, low-level pain can also be acute, and can be the signal that something is developing. At Blue Heron Chiropractic, Dr. Dana Sibilla knows it is important to attend to new and different complaints as soon as they arise. Attending to new problems sooner makes the recovery period shorter and can speed the healing.

November 3, 2016

Returning to Full Effort after an Injury.

Back In the Ring…Or Squat After an injury it’s important to gradually increase your effort level from a safe baseline. Returning to full force too rapidly can […]
February 27, 2014

Painkillers Increase Heart Risk / Chiropractic can Help

Patients frequently tell me that they are taking twice or three times the recommended dosage of some NSAID pain killers. Everyone has to be reminded that […]
February 13, 2009

Communications Breakdown: “What’s your PRESENT Pain?”

We consistently notice “languaging” difficulties related to the way people communicate. There are tricks, traps, and differences in “the way we speak about things”. For example, […]
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