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The direct cause of acute pain is usually identifiable and treatable. Treatment often addresses the cause of the pain as well as the pain itself. The treatment of acute pain can be done with the use of pain medications administered by mouth or by intravenous injection. Acute pain therapy can also be done by the use of nerve blocks or through the administration of medications through an epidural catheter.

Acute pain can usually be effectively treated. Major medical centers, such as the hospitals within the University of Pennsylvania Health System, often have a system in place to provide pain treatment to patients that need acute pain therapy.

Penn Pain Medicine provides pain management services on an inpatient basis through the Anesthesia Pain Service. Outpatient care for acute pain episodes is available at the Penn Pain Medicine Center.






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