Acute and Chronic Pain

Acupuncture can help decrease pain and inflammation.

Decrease acute and chronic pain and inflammation with acupuncture and natural medicine.

Acute and Chronic Pain Definition:

What is considered acute pain?

Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. Acute pain may last for a few seconds to weeks or months.

What is chronic pain?

If pain persists longer than 6 months it is considered chronic pain. Chronic pain persists despite the fact that the injury has healed. Similarly, chronic pain might have originated with an initial trauma/injury or infection.

Acute and Chronic Pain Causes:

Acute pain can be caused by a wide variety of circumstances, including:

  • Surgery
  • Broken bones
  • Dental work
  • Burns or cuts
  • Labor and childbirth

Chronic pain can be cause by acute pain in addition to:

Acute and Chronic Pain Symptoms:

Symptoms of acute and chronic pain include:

  • sharp, dull, or throbbing sensations
  • tense muscles
  • limited mobility, decreased range of motion
  • low energy
  • low appetite
  • emotional changes: anxiety, depression, irritability
  • sleep disturbances


Acute and Chronic Pain Treatments:

The World Health Organization in addition to several other leading organizations have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain.

How does acupuncture work to reduce pain?

Acupuncture works to correct balances in the nervous system that are leading to pain and inflammation.

What other options are there?

At Starting Point, we have many treatment options available. At your initial consult we will discuss with you our findings. Then discuss what treatments we recommend for your case to get you better as fast as possible. Dr. Heintze commonly recommends pain relief injections, acupuncture, cupping, and nutrition coaching.

Therefore, there are many treatment options to help to reduce acute and chronic pain. Give our office a call today at (425) 686-4498 for a pain consult.



Nahin, R. L., Boineau, R., Khalsa, P. S., Stussman, B. J., & Weber, W. J. (2016, September). Evidence-based evaluation of complementary health approaches for pain management in the United States. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 91, No. 9, pp. 1292-1306). Elsevier.

Pain Relief Injections

Pain relief injections can help with a wide range of pain conditions such as frozen shoulder, neck pain, low back pain, and knee pain.

Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She is a pain specialist, seeing people who suffer from chronic pain, migraines, as well as digestive issues. Offering pain relief injections, acupuncture, and nutrition consults. Most insurances accepted. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free on Amazon. As the director of the nonprofit, The Pain Relief Project, she also offers sliding scale, low-cost care for those on Medicare or uninsured.