• George Hardas

Managing Chronic Pain

One of the most frequent visits patient’s make to a doctor’s practice initially, is due to pain. One of the most common concepts is chronic pain; however, many individuals are unaware of it as they are often taught that when their bodies heal from certain impairments, pain disappears afterwards. This, though, is inaccurate. Deemed one of the most frequent health concerns for people in Australia, is chronic pain, with one in every five individuals suffering from pain even after they have healed from their injuries, as noted by the Australian Pain Management Association. What can be highlighted is the fact that not all pain is considered to be bad in that it becomes a warning system to the body that there may be an underlying issue arising, example being; chest pains being an indicator of a potential cardiac arrest.

Chronic pain can be an adverse element on the quality of life of individuals, with no direct treatment options. With no complete cure for chronic pain, there are treatment options, as identified below, in place to assist in managing it as a way to maintain physical and emotional functions, and improve overall life quality.

Chiropractic Care: – Chiropractic care implements the use of spinal manipulation through both hands-on as well as alternative treatment methods, with effective alignment of the musculoskeletal structure, focusing primarily on the spine. This allows the body to rectify impairments without the requirement of medication or surgery. It also allows the restoration and mobilisation of joints which have been limited as a result of injury.

Psychological Treatment: – Psychologically, chronic pain can be assisted through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as it is seen to affect a great proportion of an individual’s psychological sphere. Through this form of treatment, psychologists have the ability to advise patients on how to set goals, planning and development, as well as emphasise the importance of recognizing the link between pain, behavior and emotions.

Biomedical Treatment: – This form of treatment primarily involves the use of medication, the blocking of nerves, or even the need for surgery. If need be, a doctor may resort to invasive measure such as spinal cord manipulation. Frequently administered medications may include; anti-inflammatory analgesics, paracetamol, anticonvulsants, and Opioid.

Home-Based Solutions: This, as also recommended by many doctors, is the need to remain active, but remain aware of limitations physically. There should also be additional distractions in place to take attention aware from pain, such as participating in hobbies, or making social connections.

Takeaway message On the whole, chronic pain, in Australia is of great concern, and it is recommended that if an individual has pain which is not subsiding, they are advised to seek assistance from a local doctor. Dr George Hardas, located in both Sydney’s St George Private Hospital and Ingleburn can assist in the management of your chronic pain.

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