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Pain Management Frequently asked Questions
1. About Pain Management
Most people suffer from chronic pain at some time or other in their lives. Two people may have similar pain due to entirely different cause. Hence, diagnosing the cause of pain is the key to effective treatment. Pain is complex, so there are many treatment options like medications, therapies, and mind-body techniques. Pain management can avoid surgery in most cases.

Chronic pain leads to loss of earning for an individual due to increased number of sick days. For an institution it means loss of man power, which in turn means loss of revenues. For patients, unrelieved pain causes increased stress, anxiety; this significantly affects the quality of life which can lead to loss of confidence and depression. Pain leads to disuse with secondary damage as muscle loss, weak bones (osteoporosis), weight gain, this may even lead to chest problems if the person breathing difficulty due to pain. Chronic Pain is now considered a” disease” in its own right, which can be effectively treated.

In India Chronic Pain affects approximately 30-35% of adult population, the peak incidence being at 35-55 yrs. Back pain accounts for 25-30% of chronic pain, Cancer accounts for 1-2%. Musculoskeletal and joint pain claim around 30-40% of this, while Refractory headaches account for 5% and other nerve pain like trigeminal neuralgia and post herpetic pain etc. account for the other 5%.

Do not despair; pain can be managed if diagnosed correctly. The sooner you visit your doctor, the faster he will be able to prescribe relevant pain management techniques.
2. Is pain treatable?
Yes, there are some kinds of pains where patients have relief for life, others get relief from pain for 3– 6months and still others may require repeat treatment.
3. What is the post treatment?
After treatment, patient needs to stay in the hospital for few hours depending upon the treatment meted out to the patient.
4. What are the risks involved in pain management?
Pain management involves minimal complications as injections are either x-ray or ultrasound guided.