Referred pain – The source of the pain is in a different area to where the pain is felt by the individual. An example of this could be when the individual may have a back injury, yet the pain is felt in the legs.
Acute pain – Tends to come on suddenly and is usually a sharp feeling of pain. There are many things that can cause acute pain and it serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain might be mild and last momentarily, or it might be severe and last for weeks. In most cases, the pain alleviates when the underlying cause has been treated or has healed. However unrelieved acute pain, may lead to chronic pain and could become debilitating.
Chronic pain – Pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more. The pain receptors stay active in the nervous system after injury even though the original injury has healed. Physical effects include tense muscles, reduced mobility, a lack of energy, disturbed or restless sleeping patterns, as well as changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of exacerbating or suffering the injury again. Unfortunately this fear can ruin the person’s ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. Chronic pain tends to be more difficult to treat, and should be addressed at the acute pain stage, or as soon as possible.
If you are suffering from discomfort or pain please contact us on Epping – 01992 815 166 or Moorgate 0203 633 2486 to find out how we can help you.