Specialists from all over Europe set forth a extensive education program to advance chronic pain management, the review cautions that currently it is not properly treated.
According to Professor Giustino Varrassi, president of the European Federation of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and head researcher of the review, stated that chronic pain should not be viewed as a warning of underlying disease or a disintegrating process, but viewed as a disease. Professor Varrassi spoke at the meeting of the Change Plan initiative, a program where all specialists in Europe come together to advance chronic pain management. The funds for this program are from an educational grant Grunenthal (20-21 June 2010, Rome, Italy).
Pain is one of the most frequent causes why patients go to receive medical attention. In a survey conducted in Europe, chronic pain strikes almost one in four persons. Lower back pain coming in second most common reason of receiving medical attention. However, the extensive literature review discovered the customary span between onset and being recommended to a pain specialist center is about twelve years waiting time and when the patient goes after that amount of time there is only a decrease in pain of 20% of the patients.
In the review was disclosed was considerable variances in chronic pain management. Evidence base guidelines most often are not pursued and causes deciding drug treatment seemed to be centered mostly on tradition and personal experience. Professor Varrassi stated a heinous cycle where physicians try to continue a balance between moderate pain reduction and standard side effects, especially with opium like substances.
The report suggests better education for physicians and patients requirement to specifically evaluate chronic pain. The report also cites there is a constant neuropathic component to chronic pain, which needs suitable treatment and most of the times along with therapy.
In order to better the management of chronic pain, the Change Pain group, has set forth a extensive education program. It has included three extensive interactive e learning courses developed to bring up to date health care professionals on evaluating pain, enhancing doctor to patient communication, having more than one type of care for chronic pain and structured adjusted drug pain therapy. The first pain curriculum is on line at www.change-pain.com.
Chronic pain is pain that lingers on no matter what type of medical therapies are given. Some persons are afflicted with chronic pain for decades. Some chronic pain comes from arthritis, cancer and infections. The American Chronic Pain Association estimates that there are 86 million persons in the United States afflicted with chronic pain.
A study conducted by University of Michigan Health System indicates that one out of every three persons use alternative treatments to reduce their pain. Below are some alternative treatments for chronic pain.
Acupuncture is said to reduce chronic pain by boosting the discharge of chemicals called endorphins that block pain. Acupuncture has been known to be effective in chronic pain such as headaches, low back pain, neck and muscle.
Chiropractic care for chronic pain use spinal adjustments for pain treatment. Chiropractic treatments are especially efficient for chronic pain which comes from nervous system irritations, injury or damage on nerve roots. They can restore normal functions of the muscles, joints, vascular system and eradicate the source which is causing the pain.
Massage Therapy – Deep Muscle Massage Therapy
Massage therapy relaxes and calms the body. Deep muscle massage therapy applies corrections to muscles that are damaged and adjoining soft tissues. Deep muscle massage has been discovered to help the bodies systems such as nervous, skeletal and muscular.
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