Acute pain is the kind of pain we’re used to talking about. So it’s quite helpful. It’ll stop you burning your hand if you put your hand too close to a flame.
It’s the kind of pain that will stop you trying to do 50 sit-ups if you’ve had abdominal surgery, or run a marathon on a broken leg. So it’s really normal pain. It’s the kind of pain we might feel many days of the week. And as I said, it can be quite helpful.
The other thing about acute pain is that it responds usually to the sorts of treatments that we think pain will respond to. So simple medications like Panadol or anti-inflammatories. If it’s really severe, you might get morphine type drugs, say if you’ve had a big operation or a fracture.
And eventually, it gets better. So acute pain is the sort of pain that we normally think about the pain being.