Two key types of pain are acute pain and chronic pain.
According to Pain Australia, acute pain lasts for a short time following surgery, trauma or other condition. It acts as a warning to the body to seek help. Although it usually improves as the body heals, in some cases, it may not. If your pain lasts beyond the time expected to heal, it can be considered chronic pain.
Chronic pain is pain that persists for more than 3 months or lingers after you expect an injury or surgery to have healed.
Chronic pain affects 1 in 5 Australians.
80% of these people are not getting treatments that could improve their quality of life.