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Pain Management: Not a New Phenomenon
Pain and the suffering it causes is not a new phenomenon. Pain management has been made difficult by a number of factors including:
- Subjective definition and nature of pain
- Lack of understanding
- Misconceptions about drug addiction
The legacy of health care practitioners as they draw to the close of the "decade of pain" will be in how the challenges of pain management and relief are met.
[Pain Management, Module B, Acute Pain]
Pain Relief to Enhance Quality of Life
The use of pharmacological agents is the mainstay of therapy for acute pain.
It is important to keep in mind that while a pain-free state may not be achievable for the patient with chronic pain, the goal(s) are to:
- Optimize pain control
- Enhance quality of life
- Minimize adverse effects
- Minimize costs
Many people with chronic pain can be helped if they understand all the causes of pain and the many and varied steps that can be taken to undo what chronic pain has done. Scientists believe that advances in neuroscience will lead to more and better treatments for chronic pain in the years to come.
[Pain Management, Module C, Chronic Pain]