What Is Acute Pain

What is Acute Pain?

Acute pain is short-term pain that’s often described as a physical sensation such as stabbing, burning, twisting, tearing, or squeezing.

Why do people experience acute pain?
Acute (short-term) pain may be a signal that your body is experiencing—or has experienced—some type of tissue damage.

What types of minor injuries can cause acute pain?
Acute pain may result from minor injuries, including strains, sprains, and contusions. If you’re experiencing pain from any of these injuries, talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

Treating Acute Pain

When treating acute pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most widely used therapies. They treat pain and inflammation. 

  • For many patients, a topical NSAID treatment may be a good alternative to oral drugs.
  • Topical NSAIDs deliver pain relief directly to the site of pain where you need it most.
  • Topical NSAIDs are non-narcotic and non-addictive. 
  • Like oral NSAIDs, topical NSAIDs are available with or without a prescription.