Pain Centre

12 August 2010

What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?

Acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself.

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Acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.

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Dr Raath originally specialised and worked as an anaesthesiologist in private practice. In 2008 he obtained his Fellowship In Interventional Pain Practice and since then has operated the the Pain Clinic at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria which treats all forms of chronic pain. Read more here.

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