Chronic Pain Affects 3 Million Veterans...
Pain & Pain Management
Pain is a feeling of physical or emotional discomfort, with a wide range of degrees, from mild nuisance pain to intense debilitating pain. Pain can influence a person’s physical and mental well-being, as well as daily functioning, depending on the degree and frequency.
Pain may be acute or chronic. Acute pain can be the result of actual or potential tissue damage and lasts less than three months. Acute pain often resolves over time (and sometimes completely on its own). However, at times acute pain can persist beyond three months and become chronic.
Chronic pain is complex and often brings with it a host of other symptoms and illnesses like fatigue, depression, anxiety, poor sleep, difficulty with coordination, and impaired mental function. While chronic pain can most often be successfully managed, it often cannot be cured. Examples of conditions that are associated with chronic pain include: traumatic injuries, arthritis, neuropathy, migraines, and nerve damage.
Information from the experts for improving the experience of acute and chronic pain.
Additional Resources for Managing Pain
Our PMC editor sat down with Dr. Seal to talk about alternative approaches to pain management, integrative medicine, the VA’s Whole Health model for patient care, and working with the veteran population.
As studies in Pain Management Collaboratory research nonpharmacological alternatives to chronic pain, it is important to consider what one should do with unused prescription opioids in their possession. The proper way to dispose of opioids is often unclear, and often misconstrued by the headlines.
This 47-page eBook provides an overview of complementary health approaches for pain, including acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, spinal manipulation, yoga, and more.