Pain Management

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Everyone should have knowledge of pain coping strategies. Chronic pain is experienced by one in four people in the United States.

Pain is not only a physical and emotional phenomenon which the brain perceives and processes, but also a health problem. In fact, it is now designated as a disease by experts.

It is vital to remember that a person feeling pain may not have tissue damage but that doesn’t mean that the pain is less real. Pain is varies widely by individual. The severity and type of pain felt by an individual is different from that experienced by another person.

Pain should never be ignored. It your body’s way of telling you that might be in danger and to be careful of what you are doing.

Treatment of Pain

The severity of your pain, the ways in which it affects your life, its frequency, and its cause are the factors that will be considered while determining an effective pain management method.

In the case of pain, especially chronic pain, the method of eliminating its cause is sometimes not possible.

Pain treatment’s goal is most often to decrease the pain’s intensity and improve one’s quality of life. This is much easier to accomplish with acute pain than chronic pain (pain that lasts at least three months). The latter affects the nervous system differently.

Very often, chronic pain is most effectively managed by a multidisciplinary approach. Such an approach uses a combination of techniques and treatments. These can include:

  • Massage
  • Heat and cold therapy, and physical therapy
  • Pain medications. Examples include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, analgesics, and opioids
  • Exercise
  • Protecting nerves from pain at specific points

Using a combination of treatments and techniques is often the most effective plan as chronic pain involves physiological and psychosocial alterations.

The Future

It is vital to remember that chronic pain is a serious condition and must be treated as such. With chronic pain, a cure may not be possible but it can be controlled and treated. Patients can also be taught coping mechanisms.

Also important to remember is that an individual, unique approach is absolutely essential. The symptoms must be treated both individually and collectively

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