Acute pain begins suddenly, is usually sharp in quality, and does not last longer than six months. It is the pain one might experience after breaking a bone, receiving a burn or cut, during childbirth, or after surgery. Acute pain should disappear once the underlying cause heals. If the pain does not subside after the injury heals, then the pain has become chronic.
Pain is considered chronic when it lasts for six months or more. Treatment goals include alleviating some of the pain and limiting its effects, as well as addressing the cause. Chronic pain can have a debilitating affect on the sufferer including tense muscles, limited mobility, lack of energy, changes in appetite, depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Common examples of chronic pain include headache, low back pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain and psychogenic pain. Treatments vary based on the patient’s needs and the character of their pain, but may include medication, such as narcotics, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), nerve blocks, electrical stimulation, or physical therapy. The goal of Piedmont Interventional Pain Care is to help restore a patient back to a more active and enjoyable lifestyle through non-surgical, interventional techniques while limited or eliminating the need for pain medications.