Acute pain is not a particular type of pain, but is based on how long it has lasted. The pain is usually more severe initially and gradually goes away. The time frame considered for acute pain varies by injury type, but is typically three weeks to three months.
Acute pain related to the spine may arise in the back and/or legs and in the neck and/or arms. Sensations of aching, numbness, burning or tingling may be felt.
Treatment for most acute back/neck pain includes activity modification, education, physical therapy and/or medication.