Pain can be classified in many ways such as temporal (time or duration), by etiology, or physiological. The basic classification of pain is based on time or duration of pain
Acute pain: The characteristics of acute pain are
Chronic pain: The characteristics of chronic pain are
A few examples of chronic pain are
The most important difference between acute pain and chronic pain is that--- acute pain is protective and is relieved when the healing is complete, whereas chronic pain usually persists after healing of the primary event and usually does not serve any useful function.
In addition, chronic pain can significantly affect a person's quality of life.
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