Acute Pain


It is generally a self-limiting type of pain that can be caused by a sprain/strain type of injuries. The time frame considered for acute pain varies by injury type. Duration varies, but normally lasts between 2-3 weeks to 3 months. Acute pain is based on how long the pain lasts, rather than a specific type of pain.  The pain is usually more severe initially and gradually goes away, with or without the aid of OTC remedies.



  • Back and/or neck pain
  • Lower back pain can radiate down buttocks into legs
  • Neck pain can radiate into shoulders, upper back and arms
  • Mid back pain can radiate into ribs


  • Injury is the main cause of acute pain.
  • Post surgical pain is considered acute pain, due to the trauma from the surgical procedure.

Screening and Diagnosis

Proper medical history (especially the onset of pain) and physical examination are key in diagnosing acute pain. Also, X-ray, CT or MRI may be ordered for further evaluation.


Non-surgical options for facet joint pain include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants.

Injection Therapy:

Related Research Articles

Title: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for relieving acute pain in the prehospital setting: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials
Authors: Simpson, Paul M.; Fouche, Peiter F.; Thomas, Richard E.; Bendall, Jason C.
Journal: European Journal of Emergency Medicine

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