The aim of pain assessment and how to rectify it

Pain signals are generated from nerve roots and travel neural pathways through our body. When nerve roots are compressed, they generate pain signals that can be felt in different areas throughout the body. The pain mapping system uses proprietary algorithms and neuro-stimulator technology to isolate the origins of your pain.

The aims of pain assessment:

• To find out information which helps determine the cause and type of pain
• To help the patient to describe their painful experience.
• To find out about the impact the pain is having on their quality of life and ability to function.
• To allow documentation of the patient’s pain in a standardized way.
• To allow an understanding of what treatments would be most helpful and effective.
• To find out about the patient’s beliefs, which may affect their pain management,  i.e, fear of taking medication.
• To find out whether current treatments are effective.

Safe and effective pain management is only possible if pain is assessed regularly. Pain assessment includes more than the use of a ‘pain scoring tool’, which only measure intensity or how strong the pain is. The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury and backaches. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition. Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

The symptoms of chronic pain:

• Health problems such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite and mood changes often accompany chronic pain.
• Reduces flexibility, strength, and stamina.
• Leads to disability and despair.

The treatment for the chronic pain:

• With chronic pain, the goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve function.
• Medications, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, nerve blocks, or surgery.
• Self-management of chronic pain holds great promise as a treatment approach.

Structurally backache is a condition that usually is caused when one or more structures of the back get affected and these includes muscles, cartilage, bones or spinal cord. Back ache is more prevalent between the age of 35 and 55. The most frequently cause of our back pain is:

• Heavy physical work
• Frequent bending, twisting, lifting
• pulling and pushing
• Repetitive work
• Static postures
• Vibrations

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder specified by chronic widespread pain, a heightened and painful response to pressure.
Symptoms include:

• Debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness.
• Some patients also report difficulty with swallowing.
• Pain – the main symptom is the pain. The pain is usually in the neck, shoulders, back and hips.
• Fatigue – the severity of fatigue can change from small to mild situations. In its worse form, the symptom becomes so debilitating that people have trouble keeping their jobs too. Large amount of sleep at night and rest at day helps to reduce the pain.
• Fibro fog – another common symptom is a mental haziness which some people call fibro fog. This refers to the inability to concentrate, memory loss and depression that occurs.
• Other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia are insomnia, headaches, nervousness, numbness, dizziness, and intestinal disturbances.

Source by Suri Mantra