The Difference Between Acute and Chronic Pain

Though different, they are often treated the same (:46)
Patients need to understand how chronic pain differs from acute pain, says pain specialist Beverly Thorn, PhD.

Acute pain has an identifiable cause and a cure, but chronic pain lasts beyond an injury and takes on a life of its own. “Physical treatments of that pain, like medication and surgery, dont seem to help,” says Beverly Thorn, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, who works with chronic pain patients. In this video, Thorn explains how acute and chronic pain differ and why chronic pain needs a different treatment approach.

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