Tag: chronic disease

August 12, 2017

Focus on Function Should be Priority

Chronic pain is distinguished from acute pain which is a more normal part of life e.g. a skinned knee, a bone fracture.
Like all other chronic diseases, chronic pain should be managed with the focus being on optimising function rather than a continual focus on trying to find the “broken part”, searching for a cure or elimination of symptoms.
The chronic pain condition is often related to and complicated by other issues such as:
  • Reduced activity and exercise levels
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Personal, family, work and financial stress
“It’s important that when seeking treatment for a chronic pain condition, your treating specialist understands how chronic pain affects both the individual and their families,” says Dr John Prickett, from Northern Integrated Pain Management (NIPM), in Newcastle.
Dr Prickett is a specialist anaesthetist with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of anaesthesia and pain management.
“Whilst some chronic pain problems can be relatively simple to treat, others require an integrated approach,” he said. “Effective treatment is guided by a patient-centred approach and ide

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