Injuries & Acute Pain
Acute pain may be caused by injuries resulting from one-off accidents such as car accidents or sports injuries. Acute pain may also be the result of invasive surgery.
The immediate reaction of the body to injury is inflammation which is typically identified by swelling, heat, redness and acute pain in the injured area. Inflammation should be treated immediately using the RICE protocol:
An acute injury will usually start to subside after a few days and therapy may begin once the inflammation has gone.
In the early stages of an acute pain injury it is generally not possible to work directly on the injury, although it may be possible to work around the area to reduce muscle spasm and increase blood flow.
If left untreated for too long, acute pain may develop into chronic pain.