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Traditional Pain Management Techniques Continue To Fail, Expert Concludes

January 11, 2010 by  

Traditional pain management techniques continue to fail, expert concludes Many Americans are being undertreated for chronic pain associated with medical problems due to physicians’ fear of prescription drug overuse, personal bias or inadequate training, according to a pharmaceutical expert at the University of Oregon.

"We have more sophisticated pain management techniques available now than ever before," said Kathryn Hahn, a pharmacist and chair of the Oregon Pain Management Commission.

"But many doctors are not fully informed about all the options available, and also often turn patients away because they’re very concerned about the problems with prescription drug abuse," she added.

Hahn also feels that physicians are under-qualified to treat such problems due to a lack of specific training during medical school concerning pain management techniques.

"Surveys show that at least 30 percent of patients with moderate chronic pain and more than 50 percent of those with severe chronic pain fail to achieve adequate pain relief," said Hahn.

Meanwhile, there are a range of options outside of prescription drugs that can help treat chronic pain. Such remedies include acupuncture, meditation, chiropractic care, exercise and occupational therapy.

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  • http://Nowebsitenow,underconstruction Jim Naftel

    I see that your ad failed to mention the beneficial effects of treating chronic pain with specific microcurrent noninvasive electrotherapy. If this is of interest to you, please reply to me by email and I will send some information. Doctors are smart not to continue to prescribe drugs for relief of chronic pain because almost all of these drugs have negative side effects.


    • George Girouard

      I’m interested in any information you have on the electrotherapy you mentioned. My wife has had chronic pain for over ten years and has had to deal with prescription pain killer addictions and side affects, all while still dealing with the pain that is hardly relieved. No one has been able to help, but no doctor ever mentioned this electrotherapy. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

    • Norma K

      Hello Sir:

      I am interested in information for pain management-Are you speaking about a Tens unit?
      My fiance has chronic hip pain, and we are using a combination of several energytype devices-They are helping along with specific nutrients.
      Please reply

  • Glenn

    This article was too short to be taken seriously. For instance, what does the pharmacist suggest other than don’t trust your doctor to know best? Who said traditional pain management continues to fail? The headline is contradicted by the last paragraph isn’t it? This article has no consistent theme or advice.

    • BOE

      I had to have spinal lumbar fusion 5 yrs ago. It fixed nothing and actually created a different problem. Because of kidney problems I can not take NSAIDS. So narcotics is the only answer. I go to a pain management clinic once a month. I do as they say..exercise,heat or cold,and take my meds as Rx`d. I do not take more than ordered. I sure some people abuse this kind of treatment,but I am not a drug addict. I do have to take the drugs to be able to move around,get dressed and enjoy life somewhat. Just don`t abuse the drugs or the people that care for you. Every large city should have a pain management clinic.

  • Robert

    Real pain management means getting rid of the politicians and tort lawyers. Then doctors can practice what they do best, help the sick.

  • Bibhuti Mishra

    Instant Healing

    Dear Sir,

    I want to share my experience with you in healing pain.
    I keep my palms on the pain affected area for about one minute , then pain is relieved . So far I have cured more than 100 persons suffering from tooth pain, back ,neck pain ,cut & bruishes, dizziness, headache any other musular pain in the body. I do it without any concentration and at any time ,any place.

    I recently came across some cancer patients.I applied above metholody and they were cured of their pain .Now I have a strong faith and confidence in me that I can cure cancer and relieve pain out of cancer.

    Why one gets pain ? Every part of our body needs tender care . If care is not taken, that part complains in the form of pain. Once you take a pill , you are neglecting the complaint and avoiding it. So the complaint does not go away and it reappears later.

    I belief that generating awerness is the path toward attending to body complaint.and subsequent relief of the pain .

    Awerness can be generated by following ways.
    (i) Practising Yoga Nidra( yogic process)
    (ii) Contracting and relaxing every muscle of your body and feeling the tension and relaxation of the muscle .earnestly request to contact me before going for medical treatment for cancer or of its pain. I assure you a free of cost treatment.
    (iii) Self observation.

    Let us join together to reach the freedom which is in our hand and we deserve it.

    Thanks & Regards-

    Bibhuti Bhusana Mishra
    Orissa ,India

    Mobile : (91) 9438668780, 9861015051

  • Girl Gone Healthy

    Lack of information and fear are always one of the topmost reasons for failure, on any aspects in life. It’s necessary to be informed and updated on any field, whether be it medicine or the IT industry. In order to move forward, there should be a progression of unity in all fronts!


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