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Acute and Chronic Health Care

Acute and Chronic Health Care

Pain is a very common condition. At any given time, around one in ten Australians report experiencing acute pain, with one in five reporting that their pain is constant. The occurrence of pain rises as people get older, and women are more likely to experience pain than men.

There are two types of pain. Acute pain is a normal response to tissue injury, which starts suddenly and is usually short-lived. Chronic (ongoing) pain persists beyond the normal time of healing and generally lasts for longer than three months.

A chronic or long-term illness means having to adjust to the demands of the illness and the therapy used to treat the condition. There may be additional stresses, since chronic illness might change the way you live, see yourself and relate to others.