Acute vs. Chronic Spinal Pain

Acute vs. Chronic Spinal Pain

by Yenny (SU)
“Oh my aching back,” sounds like a cliché from a vintage TV show. At the surface of it, one would think pain is pain. But imagine feeling a sharp stabbing pain that stops you in your tracks. Then consider chronic pain, that dull, aching or throbbing that never seems to go away and we just learn to live with. What is the difference between acute and chronic spinal pain that turns that cliché of the aching back into a very painful and debilitating reality?