Types of Pain After a Work Injury

pain after work injuryInjured workers dealing with pain need to education themselves on the different types of pain in order to have meaningful conversations with their doctors.; sometimes getting the information that you need is all a matter of asking the right questions.  I wanted to share these definitions with you so that you can have more information on the difference between normal pain and when there may be something more going on.

“What is pain? The International Association for the Study of Pain defines it as: An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.”  (Taken from http://partnersagainstpain.com)


Acute pain, for the most part, results from disease, inflammation, or injury to tissues. This type of pain generally comes on suddenly, for example, after trauma or surgery, and may be accompanied by anxiety or emotional distress. The cause of acute pain can usually be diagnosed and treated, and the pain is self-limiting, that is, it is confined to a given period of time and severity. In some rare instances, it can become chronic.”  (Taken from http://partnersagainstpain.com)


Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for a long time. In medicine, the distinction between acute and chronic pain has traditionally been determined by an arbitrary interval of time since onset; the two most commonly used markers being 3 months and 6 months since onset,

[1] though some theorists and researchers have placed the transition from acute to chronic pain at 12 months.[2] Others apply acute to pain that lasts less than 30 days, chronic to pain of more than six months duration, and subacute to pain that lasts from one to six months.[3] A popular alternative definition of chronic pain, involving no arbitrarily fixed durations is “pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing.”[1]

(Taken from www.wikipedica.com)



Again folks, this is in no way medical advice or a medical opinion.  If you are experiencing pain or chronic pain, you need to address this issue with your physician.


If you are dealing with ongoing pain as a result of a work injury, or for more information on Virginia Workers Compensation, order my book, The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” by clicking this link, or call our office today (804) 755-7755.


Michele Lewane, Esq.


About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia workers’ compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.