- "Fifty million Americans are in severe pain from arthritis, back injuries,
cancer, wounds, and other disabilties. Chronic pain treatment is leading
to an escalation of pain-killer abuse, and drug-diversion. Few physicians
are trained in the complexities of pain-control." (Time June 2005).
- The most importantly overlooked factor in wound-care discipline is in
fact, the "pain-care" spectrum. Recent surveys reveal that the disparities
in wound and pain-care, be it neglect, indifference, fear, or inexperience,
are also "related to income, to insurance, and to racial and ethnic background."
Patients, sadly, often remain untreated, in pain and suffering, or unvisited.
Dying (USA Today 2003) -"Half of the 1.6 million people living in
nursing homes suffer from untreated pain." Pain is clearly associated with
- Coast to Coast Wound Care's
traditional objective, however, in any wound-care approach and is to first
alleviate pain by the use of topical analgesics. Our professional
duty and responsibility is to help relieve suffering, whether the pain
is persistent, intermittent, intolerable, or momentary. Many wounds are
ceaseless in their intensity. Moreover, our attention is focused on the
problem, therefore, not only on untreated pain, but "under treated pain."
- The affected wound-tissues, are skillfully and delicately cared for,
and not traumatized or abused by inexperienced hands, harsh chemicals,
machines, and hastiness. Anesthetic agents are judicially used when indicated.
Following this, the treated wounds are under the constant and watchful
eyes of our surgeons on a regular basis, no matter how long it takes. This
cautious approach, therefore, comforts the resident-patient, and calms
any fears or apprehensions, and is clearly a pain solution.
- The relationship of acute and chronic pain to both patients' physical
symptoms and to the stresses and events in their lives and how their emotions
and behavior affect pain have been subjects of study for years. Dr. Samuel
F. Dworkin has studied this subject for years and states that pain can
cause many with chronic pain to lose their ability to cope with pain and
other issues of life and to be "drained." For further reference one can
also read, "Impact of Mental Activity On Pain and Wound Healing,"
Professor Terence Ryan. He offers a personal perspective on the role of
mental activity in patients with wounds.
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