Pain Management 1
Monday, June 22, 2009

If you have had a recent visit to the doctorís office or the hospital, you may have been asked to rate your pain. Doctors are placing a greater emphasis on pain control in their practice. Dr. Edward Hill explores chronic pain all week in the 60 Second Housecall.

Chronic pain management is getting more attention these days. The agency that credentials hospitals and some clinics, now requires that pain be assessed at every doctorís visit. If the pain scores are high, a treatment plan should be started. Most physicians and nurses use a pain scale of one to 10 or one to five to rate the pain you experience.

With an aging baby boom generation, there is more concern about chronic pain. This generation is now moving into the years where chronic pain is more frequent.

These are some facts about pain:

  More than 80 percent of all patients who see physicians do so because of pain.

  Chronic pain affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, both physically and emotionally.

  The cost of chronic pain in the United States is more than $100 billion annually.

  More than 550 million workdays are lost every year because of chronic pain.

Join me this week as I discuss chronic pain, its causes and its treatments. For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.