Southern Medical Therapies - Pain Management

 

Today we have more knowledge about pain, its causes and effects in every area of life, and more knowledge of how to treat pain than ever before. Yet with all of our understanding of the consequences and outcomes associated with poor pain management, it remains one aspect of client care that we seem to have all the tools and knowledge necessary to treat, but clinicians routinely fail to provide appropriate care. Between 25% and 40% of all cancer patients die in pain and some 80% experience significant pain somewhere in their course of the disease.

Intractable pain due to chronic disease can be managed in a number of ways. Sustained-release oral morphine products and fentanyl patches are usually effective when dosed appropriately. Parenteral products such as morphine can be administered utilizing a pump. PCA, or "patient controlled analgesia", provides for around-the-clock dosing with patient activated doses for break through pain.

Call Southern Medical for additional information regarding reimbursement or setting up a care plan for your chronic pain patient.

Pain Management Links:


American Pain Society:
http://www.ampainsoc.org/

The American Academy of Pain Medicine:
http://www.painmed.org/

American Chronic Pain Association:
http://www.theacpa.org/

 

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