Acute Pain

Acute Pain

Occurs from many spinal conditions, acute pain is a variety of painful symptoms that comes and goes and lasts less than three months.

What is Acute Pain?

  • Acute pain, by definition, is pain that lasts less than 3 to 6 months and goes away once tissue damage, or whatever caused the pain, heals. Acute pain is sudden and usually easy to diagnose the condition that caused it. The pain is normally related to the condition, and goes away once the condition heals.
  • Unlike chronic pain, which stays for longer than 3 to 6 months, is difficult to diagnose, and is a condition.
  • Acute pain may occur from a variety of spinal conditions. The severity of the condition and the progression of the patient's healing determine whether pain is acute or chronic.
  • Treatment usually involves conservative methods and very rarely surgery.

What are the symptoms of it?

  • Pain that comes and goes away within 3 to 6 months; pain is usually mild to moderate
  • Pain that may be sharp, sudden, aching, dull, deep, or throbbing
  • Feeling slight discomfort or tightness in the muscles or tissues near the source of pain
  • Pain that shoots down to the extremities
  • Mild to moderate and temporary numbness or weakness in extremities
  • Temporary fatigue or lack of sleep from discomfort

What causes acute back and neck pain?

Acute back and neck pain is usually caused by a mild spinal condition or back strain. Most of these conditions may heal through conservative methods of treatment, and are not serious. Common causes for acute back and neck pain include: back strain, acute disc herniation or bulging, and mild spinal stenosis, arthritis of the spine, or spondylolisthesis.

How do you treat it?

Acute back and neck pain can usually be managed with conservative methods of treatment. Treatments focus on relaxing the body so that the tissues or mild conditions may heal.

Common conservative methods of treatment may include: rest, relaxation, massages, hot and cold compresses, mild physical therapy, and pain and/or anti-inflammatory medications. Rarely is steroidal medication recommended. If acute pain turns chronic (pain lasting longer than 3 to 6 months, severe), and conservative methods are unsuccessful, then surgery may be advised.