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PAIN MANAGEMENT TREATMENT

Pain Defined Questions You Need to Ask
Acute and Chronic Pain Obstacles to Pain Management
Multidisciplinary Approach Pain Control

 

Pain is caused by an injury, disease or functional disorder and is transmitted though the nervous system to produce a physical sensation that affects us mentally and emotionally.

Pain is a warning sign, don't ignore it.

Pain is a vital warning sign.

The most common reason for unrelieved pain is the failure to assess the pain and prescribe relief.  This is why pain should never be masked with over the counter medications.   For example taking aspirin for a toothache may kill the pain, but it won't solve the problem.

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Acute pain is typically intense and short-term.  Chronic pain persist for more than six months and does not respond well to conventional drug therapy.

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Pain Management is the multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment to relieve or control pain. These are some of the different approaches to pain management:

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Alternative approaches include:
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Biofeedback which uses the power of the mind to self-regulate internal body functions.

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Psychotherapy uses verbal and nonverbal communication to treat emotional, behavioral  and other disorders.

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Nutrition promotes constructive eating habits to support the immune system to enhance the body's natural ability to heal.

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Massage therapy which uses forms of touch to reduce anxiety and stress.

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Chiropractic corrects faulty biomechaninc caused by the misalignment of the

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Caution: You need to exercise caution and good judgment when employing alternative techniques.

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Traditional Approaches:
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Patient controlled analgesia releases intravenous, spina or subcutaneous medication with the push of a button.

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Narcotic/non-narcotic combination provide optimal pain relief with minimal side effects for moderate or severe chronic pain.

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Anti-depressants  treat chronic conditions from abnormalities of the nervous system by controlling the the body's reaction to stimuli.

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Aspirin

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Narcotics inhibit the body's response to pain by preventing stimuli from reaching the brain.

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Questions you need to ask about pain:

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Why to I hurt?

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What  is available to treat my pain?

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What are the side effects of this treatment plan?

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What are the risks of this treatment plan?

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How long will this treatment plan last?

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Can alternative or natural remedies by substituted for used along with this treatment plan?

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What is the biggest obstacle to effective pain management?

  1. Lack of communications

  2. Covering up discomfort with over-the-counter medications.

Pain, a vital warning sign of illness or injury, should never be ignored, 
trivialized or covered up.

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Pain Management Treatment, Dave Pederson CRNA; The Dental Assistant; September/ October 2001 pages 28-31.

Updates

Music 'Can Reduce Chronic Pain'


Research has confirmed listening to music can have a significant positive impact on perception of chronic pain, reports the BBC. US researchers tested the effect of music on 60 patients who had  endured years of chronic pain. Those who listened to music reported a cut in pain levels of up to 21%, and in associated depression of up to 25%, compared to those who did not listen. The Journal of Advanced Nursing study also found music helped people feel less disabled by their condition.  Among those who listened to music,
half were able to choose their favorite selections, the rest had to pick from a list of five relaxing tapes provided by the researchers.

Results show that listening to music had a statistically  significant effect on the two experimental groups, reducing pain,  depression and disability and increasing feelings of power. Listening to music has already been shown to promote a number  of positive benefits and this research adds to the growing body of  evidence that it has an important role to play in modern healthcare.

Previous research published in the same journal found listening to  45 minutes of soft music before going to bed can improve sleep by
more than a third. Many dentists play music during treatment in the  surgery, believing it relaxes or distracts patients.Studies had shown music could have a positive impact on the perception of pain. It was possible that music simply provided a distraction which stopped people concentrating on their pain.
 

February 06, 2008

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