What is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Conditions?

Regardless of the specific structure affected, sports injuries can generally be classified in one of two ways: acute or chronic.

Acute Injuries

Acute injuries, such as a sprained ankle, strained back, or fractured hand, occur suddenly during activity. Signs of an acute injury include the following:

  1. sudden, severe pain
  2. swelling
  3. inability to place weight on a lower limb
  4. extreme tenderness in an upper limb
  5. inability to move a joint through its full range of motion
  6. extreme limb weakness
  7. visible dislocation or break of a bone

Chronic Injuries

Chronic injuries usually result from overusing one area of the body while playing a sport or exercising over a long period. The following are signs of a chronic injury:

  1. pain when performing an activity
  2. a dull ache when at rest
  3. swelling

At Fit for Life Wellness & Rehabilitation Centre, we treat both Acute as well as Chronic conditions. We use a variety of treatment methods including electrotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, nutrition, reiki, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, soft tissue therapy and much more!