Pain management can be simple or complex, depending on the cause of the pain. Certain types of pain can require a wide variety of skills and techniques to treat it due to how the pain affects a person's daily life. The treatment of pain is guided by the history of the pain, its intensity, duration, aggravating and relieving conditions, and structures involved in causing the pain. In order for a structure to cause pain, it must have a nerve supply, be susceptible to injury, and stimulation of the structure should cause pain. The concept behind most interventional procedures for treating pain is that there is a specific structure in the body with nerves of sensation that is generating the pain. Pain management has a role in identifying the precise source of the problem and isolating the optimal treatment.
For more information regarding pain managment, contact PLHC Surgery Department at 563-422-3811, ext. 1651 or via fax, 563-422-9797.