Q: Can a family doctor successfully treat chronic pain?
A: The view of most primary care doctors is that they treat all pain as acute pain, no matter how long it goes on. Acute pain should be thought of as ending in 30 days, then its subacute for 30 to 60 days, but after that its chronic pain. The biology of chronic pain is not the biology of acute pain. If you fall and break your wrist, the bones will heal within four to six weeks, but pain may continue. You cant treat that like you would the acute fracture.
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