About Pain Management
The process of providing medical care that reduces pain. Pain is complex, so there are many treatment options - medications, therapies, and mind-body techniques. Massage, acupuncture, acupressure, and biofeedback have also shown some validity for increased pain control in some patients.
Pain management is important for ongoing pain control, especially if you suffer with long-term or chronic pain. After getting a pain assessment, your doctor can prescribe pain medicine, other pain treatments, or physiotherapy to help with pain relief.
Assessment of pain is important to initiate and evaluate the effectiveness of pain treatments. Two types of pain assessment tools are available, a self-report and observational or behavioural for people who cannot self-report.