Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting for more than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists – often for months or longer.
Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes, often accompany chronic pain.
Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements, which can lower flexibility, strength, and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair.