How Is Chronic Pain Different From Acute Pain?

In this module, you will gain an understanding of the basic science of chronic pain, which will help you on your journey to recovery.

4 Lessons

Course Length

1 Activity

Knowledge Check

22 Minutes



Understanding how chronic pain is different to acute pain helps a person living with chronic pain understand why approaches to recovery are different. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the protective mechanism of acute pain. 
  • Outline the differences between acute pain and chronic pain.
  • Understand the different factors that may impact what your brain tells you about your pain. 
  • Identify the different factors that may open and close a person's pain gates according to the gate control theory of pain. 

Course Content