As contrasted with chronic pain which is long-term, acute pain is a short term, direct response to an injury or some physical disturbance (like the stomachache we get from overeating).
Acute pain is part of the body’s built-in alarm system, signaling an attack and the need for care. This normally leads to inflammation in the form of bruising or swelling. The healing process is generally completed within six weeks, and pain levels tend to gradually decrease during time. Most injured tissue is completely healed within six months. The body is just kind of amazing that way.« Back to Glossary Index