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Types of Physical Pain

In medical terms, there are two types of physical pain: acute and chronic

Acute Pain

Acute pain

Acute pain is a natural biological response to physical stress being put on the body. It is caused by a specific event (such as an injury, surgery or giving birth). While it can be intense during the event, once the event is over, the pain quickly begins to fade. However, a lower level of acute pain can linger for up to six months while the body heals. 

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain

Chronic pain is long-term day-to-day pain that lasts for more than six months. It is considered a disease because it serves no biological purpose, continues beyond the body’s normal healing time and has no clear ending. It may be caused by any of the following: