Sudden onset of pain, also known as acute pain, is traditionally treated with medications and rest. There are many reasons for a sudden onset of pain, including, but not limited to, falls, sports injuries, snow shoveling, gardening, tripping, lifting, sleeping wrong, etc.
If these conditions are treated soon after this initial injury, we can offer immediate relief from muscle guarding, inflammation and joint pain. This can be attained by the treatment of the mechanical (joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves) dysfunction that has resulted from the incident.
If left untreated, the acute pain might subside within two weeks and you may return to normal life. Typically, the body adjusts (compensates) for the pain by making changes in the joints located away from the painful area. These changes are the body’s way of “taking pressure off” the sore area. This is why the pain goes away in 1-2 weeks.
However, most frequently, the hurt area is not “healed.” The body has just adjusted itself by dispersing the pain. If these injured areas are not corrected, they can lead to chronic pain patterns later in your life.
Our patients who come in for the treatment of acute pain are often only seen for a small number of visits. Treatment of this type of pain can help maintain a healthy physical body and possibly prevent the need for treatments of chronic pain in the future.