|Characteristic||Acute Pain||Chronic Pain|
|Cause||Generally known||Often unknown|
|Duration of Pain||Short, well-characterized||Persists after healing ≥ 3 months|
|Treatment Approach||Resolution of underlying cause, usually self-limited||Underlying cause & pain disorder; outcome is
often pain control, not cure
When experiencing acute pain much of the management of pain needs to be focused on the tissue input, as this is a large portion of the condition. Chronic pain is different, thoughts and emotions make up a significant portion of the experience. This means that when experiencing chronic pain it is particularly important to treat not only the tissue input but also your thoughts and emotions.