“More options for persons with chronic pain”
We all know someone who has chronic pain as a result of a surgery, sport injury, motor vehicle crash, crippling arthritis, or terminal illness. With the advancement in medicine and medical devices, much more help is now available for chronic pain sufferers. Persons should not have to live with the agony of pain with loss of human dignity.
Pain is a complex and widely variable sensation that is experienced by everybody. Pain is an important unpleasant stimulus which signals to us that something is wrong with the body. Pain can be dull, sharp, or throbbing. The scale to describe the intensity of pain can range from mild to very severe.
Some persons have a high threshold/tolerance for pain and others cannot tolerate mild pain, the threshold is low. Important signs a baby or young child is in pain are: inconsolable crying, loss of appetite, and wincing when touched.
Pain Management and Therapeutic Approaches
In the U.S.A it is estimated that there are over 80 million persons living with chronic pain. Pain experienced continually or intermittently over long periods of time is described as chronic pain. This type of pain is most commonly experienced in the neck or back. There are centers for pain management with multi-disciplinary teams who work together to improve the lives of patients who suffer with chronic pain
Treatments for pain include:
- Over the counter OTC
- Prescription drugs
- Narcotic pain medication (controlled substances)
- Local anesthesia at the site of pain
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Spinal drug delivery system
- Pain controlled analgesia pump
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Mind-body therapy
- Electrothermal therapy (TENS)
- Bioelectric therapy
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