The definition of pain:
"Pain is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage" (IASP).
Irrespective of whether it is acute or chronic – for the concerned patient, pain can be a tremendous physical and emotional burden. Thus pain is not only a purely sensory experience, but is also an unpleasant emotional experience.
Acute pain is a part of the body’s protective system and usually has an identifiable temporal and causal relationship to injury or disease. It thus acts as a warning signal of imminent or actual damage. In this respect, pain has an important function in maintaining or restoring physical integrity.
Acute pain is pain of recent onset and limited duration. Some examples of acute pain are:
- Post-operative pain
- Acute headache
- Menstrual molimen
- Strain trauma and burns
- Activated arthrosis
- Dental pain