The concerning prevalence of back related problems in today’s society may suggest that we really haven’t got a handle on the diagnosis and treatment of back pain.
As pain specialist physicians, we see it all and treat it all! That’s what we’ve been trained to do. Early diagnosis, means early treatment. Early treatment means early pain control. Early pain control means early reduction in suffering. Here are a few tips and tricks in managing 10 of the commonest pain conditions we treat.
As a GP seeing potentially hundreds of patients per week, no doubt you regularly work with people who experience persisting pain – approximately 1 in 5 Australians do.You want to help your patients but you also understand that the efficacy of prescribing pain medications for someone long-term has its limitations.
Chronic pain is not just pain. When pain persists and becomes chronic it places a huge burden on the patient, their family and loved ones as well as the health care services and the wider community.
This blog presents some statistics that have helped us understand the magnitude of this burden as well as looking at the biggest causes of chronic pain and their treatment approaches.