Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain

Acute Pain

Acute pain is often described as sharp and severe and tends to come on suddenly. It may improve with time and short-term conservative treatment, such as medication, exercise, physical therapy or rest.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is often described as a deep, aching, dull or burning pain, and may be accompanied by numbness, tingling and/or weakness that extends into the extremities. Chronic pain tends to last a long time and is not relieved by conservative care.