Pain Management: What Is It?Jan 21st, 2010 | By Body Pain Admin | Category: Chronic Pain
Pain management is a branch of medicine that applies science to the reduction of pain. It covers a wide spectrum of conditions including neuropathic pain, sciatica, postoperative pain and more.
Each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant.
Pain usually functions as a warning system: to rest, avoid further injury, or seek treatment. This is called acute pain. Fortunately, for most of us this type of pain eventually goes away. But what if it doesn’t? What if the pain continued for months, even years? This is called chronic pain. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain in most cases does not serve the body a useful purpose. Rest or avoiding activity can actually make many chronic pain conditions worse. Then a vicious cycle develops.
Chronic pain is a complex medical problem that can effect all areas of your life. The purpose of pain management is to help minimize your pain, and return you to your highest possible level of function and quality of life.
Treatments for acute and chronic pain are generally quite different. In some cases, acute and chronic pain can be stopped or alleviated by a single procedure or series of procedures. Sometimes, chronic pain is part of a widespread disease process, and the specific cause may be difficult to pinpoint.
Once the specific factor causing the pain has been identified, it may be able to be treated so that the condition no longer occurs. In some patients, the specific factor causing the pain–such as cancer–cannot be changed, but treatment may be able to reduce the pain or help the patient to better cope with the pain through a combination of medical, psychosocial and rehabilitation techniques.
In most cases, proper diet, exercise, and adequate rest will improve levels of pain. Nutritional pain relief supplements can also help.