25 July 2018
National Pain Week: Acute Pain – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Suzanne Eustace
National Pain Week is observed from 23rd to 29th July. This article, focussing on acute pain, is the first in a two part series. The second article will focus on chronic pain.
Acute pain lasts for a short time. It acts as a warning to the body to seek help. The good news is that 90% of people with acute pain have their pain resolve within a few weeks.
Acute pain can result from hurting ourselves as a result of a cut, pull, surgery, trauma or strain that triggers sudden pain. In these situations, we expect the injury to heal and for the pain to go away. That’s “normal”. It is important however to visit your GP as it maybe necessary for some investigations to be done such as X Ray or CT scan to check there is no underlying cause.
It is important to try to maintain your activity level without overdoing it, especially if you have to go return to work. Sometimes resting for two days is needed to relieve that acute pain, but it is recommended that some activity is important to maintain function.
Acute pain can affect every aspect of your life such as mood, sleep, concentration, friendships, social interaction and the capacity to complete daily activity.
Acute pain can transition into chronic pain if it is untreated and the longer the pain remains untreated, the greater the risk of the body becoming sensitised to pain, and the pain becoming chronic. Therefore timely and effective treatment of acute pain is essential to prevent transition to chronic pain.
Although two people may have the same pain condition, their experience of living with pain can be vastly different—if you live with pain, you would already know this.
Interchange Australia can assist you with your daily activities and services whilst the acute pain phase lasts. You may require some temporary assistance and support with your personal care needs such as showering and dressing for the day. Some basic household tasks may be difficult for you to manage also. Shopping or attending to some general errands may also be difficult so you may want to consider assistance by way of our private services arm, Avec Care. Avec Care can provide services that complement existing funded services or as stand-alone support.
For more information, please call our friendly and experienced team on 4868 6666.