These words get used a lot with all sorts of reasons. Many people use the word chronic to mean it hurts a lot, but really these words refer to how long a problem has been around, and they can mean different lengths of time depending on the problem.
Low back pain, for example, is often considered acute up to around 6 weeks, between 6 weeks to 3 months we may consider it to be sub-acute. And longer than 3 months? Now we're talking chronic. When talking about neck pain though, we can take a few weeks off those figures and talk about sub-acute pain after around 2-3 weeks and chronic pain in the neck after only around 6 weeks to 2 months.
But this can have absolutely no bearing on how bad it actually feels. Establishing how long something has lasted, how bad it feels, where you feel it and what may or may not have caused it is essential to working out what the problem actually is.
Whether your pain is acute or chronic, we'll ask all the right questions to work out what the cause is and help you find a solution.