Chronic Pain in Older Americans

Chronic pain affects nearly 100 million Americans, almost a third of our population.  The percentages of people dealing with chronic pain go up as we get older.  Half of older adults who live independently and 3 out of 4 elderly people in care facilities struggle with chronic pain.

Researchers are finding that a “team approach” to pain management – with a dedicated pain management physician, a physician’s assistant (PA), a nurse practitioner, and other medical professionals – can help improve the quality of life for older patients in pain.

Health Care News recently wrote about this method, working side by side with the National Institutes of Health, one of the world’s foremost medical research centers.

Premier Pain Centers is also a proponent of a team approach to help people manage their pain.  Our collaborative effort with our pain management practitioners along with working with specialized doctors and physical therapists is part of our mission to bring patients relief to their chronic pain.

The article also discusses the special needs the older population has when it comes to pain management:

“…Nutritional problems or multiple medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis — are common. Helping seniors self-manage their pain is an important part of reducing or eliminating that pain.  Communication with your caregiver or care team is the best way to help you manage your chronic pain.”

You can read the entire article by visiting Health Care News.