Dr Tan Chyn Hong
Head to the Accident & Emergency department to seek appropriate treatment if you experience the above symptoms.
Learn how to distinguish between an acute and chronic injury, so you can find the appropriate treatment you need.
A chronic injury, or overuse injury, develops when you experience pain for more than 12 weeks. It can arise from repetitive minor strains or poor healing of a previous acute injury.
An acute injury occurs suddenly and is usually traumatic. Examples include a bone fracture or muscle tear.
Signs that you have an injury, whether chronic or acute, include:
For chronic injuries, pain tends to be at a lower level with no bruising or discolouration of skin.
Acute injuries are generally severe, identified through some of the symptoms below:
Chronic injuries have subtle symptoms compared to acute injuries. However, seek advice from a doctor if your injury may have seemed minor but has not improved with home treatment. You should seek medical attention if there is bruising, discolouration, swelling or severe pain after the first few weeks of injury.