Pain can rule your life, interfering with your ability to work, sleep and enjoy with your family and friends. When chronic pain disrupts your quality of life and does not improve with standard treatments, such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen, Pain Management department is here to help.
There are many safe, proven effective treatments available that can help you manage your chronic pain. Pain management encompasses pharmacological (treatment with medicine), nonpharmacological, and other approaches to prevent, reduce or stop the pain sensations. 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.
Many a time 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 & degenerative conditions, neuropathy, lower back pain or nerve damage. 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 a healthy social life.
Managing pain properly facilitates recovery and prevents additional health complications. It improves an individual’s quality of life.
Dr. Megha Pruthi
MBBS, MD, DNB, MNAMS, Fellowship in Pain Medicine, Diploma in Palliative Medicine, CCEPC