Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Chronic Pain

At any given time around one third of Australians are in pain.The way we experience pain is very complex and there may be suffering beyond the hurt:
- many are unable to work
- there can be mental and physical deterioration
- relationships can be weakened
- families may experience disruption and financial difficulties; and
- persistent pain can lead to feelings of hopelessness and dispair

Today much can be done to relieve pain, provide greater comfort, and help many pain sufferers to regain a normal lifestyle. The first step is to seek medical attention for on-going pain. Often it is possible to resolve the problem. Sometimes the pain may need specialist medical treatment, perhaps surgery. Even where the pain cannot be resolved and suffering and disability continue, there are techniques and tools which can help people to live and work with their pain.