What is pain management?
Pain management encompasses pharmacological (treatment with medicine), nonpharmacological, and other approaches to Prevent, Reduce, or Stop pain sensations.
Why does one need to control Pain?
Pain serves as an alert to potential or actual damage to the body. Any damage to the body or its organs starts a chemical reaction in the body, which is relayed to the brain. Brain senses it as pain reacts accordingly.
What are the different types of pains?
Pain is generally divided into two categories: Acute / Nociceptive pain - the pain that is transmitted by nociceptors, is typically called acute pain. This kind of pain is associated with injury, headaches, disease, and many other conditions. It usually resolves once the condition that caused it is resolved. E.g. Pain after surgery, an accident, fall or any other trauma.
From onset up to three months
Chronic: Many a times pain does not resolve even after healing or a cure has been achieved for the procedure that was the main reason for the pain to start with. In this situation, the brain continues to perceive pain and the pain may be considered chronic.
From three to six months or The pain that endures beyond a normal healing time. E.g. cancer pain, persistent and degenerative conditions, and neuropathy, low back pain or nerve damage
Why treat pain when I can live with it?
Pain can have a negative impact on a person's quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Unrelieved pain can become a syndrome in its own right and cause a downward spiral in a person's health and outlook. Uncontrolled and poorly managed pain leads to various problems like anxiety neurosis, hypertension, and depression with or without suicidal tendencies. Chronic untreated pain also leads to decrease in work output and loss of healthy social life. Managing pain properly facilitates recovery, prevents additional health complications, and improves an individual's quality of life.
Who treats pain?
Acute and chronic pains are treated by a team of pain management consultants, specialists who are trained and experienced exclusively in pain management. They collaborate with various other specialists also to treat underlying disease as well.
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