The difference between acute and subacute back pain

It's always a good idea to be as specific about your back pain as you can be, so it helps to know the right names for different kinds. Two good terms for adult pain to know are "acute" and "subacute." Let's describe what they mean so you can get to know your pain a little better.

The Harvard Health Blog outlined these categories. According to this source, one of the big differences between them is the amount of time each type of pain has lasted. Acute pain usually lasts for four weeks or less. As the author of the piece, Dr. Monique Tello, said, this pain can be "relatively benign" and come from some sort of physical activity.

"Subacute back pain usually lasts between four and 12 weeks."

In comparison, subacute back pain usually lasts between four and 12 weeks. It's the middle ground between acute and chronic, or recurring, pain, which can flare up for twelve months or more.

The National Guideline Clearinghouse said that some treatments for subacute pain treatment can include spinal manipulation as well as exercise or even acupuncture, though the last of these (exercise and acupuncture) reportedly only have "low quality evidence" associated with its efectiveness.

There are several things that can apply to both of these pain types, as well. For example, both can go away on their own, even without medication, which could complicate the situation and not actually be worth the use. They can also come about in similar ways and have much of the same symptoms, as they are classified as being "mechanical".

With so many aspects to be aware of, the best thing to do is consult a professional for proven assistance. Don't be left unsure: Have a qualified care provider give you the right diagnosis. Bronston Chiropractic and Community Care Clinic, our medical division, has several different treatment types available to manage your pain, no matter its degree.