The Opioid Crisis and Pain Management
About Pain Management
Chronic pain can be complex, diverse, and hard to manage. Current treatments, such as opioids, are not effective for many people. While short-term, or acute, pain usually goes away as an injury heals, in some cases the pain from an injury, surgery, or disease process persists long beyond healing of the initial event. Sometimes, chronic pain lasts years or even a lifetime.
Pain can also affect mental health and may lead to conditions such as anxiety or depression. For many people, pain does not have any visible signs, sometimes leading people to doubt it exists. Changes to the body and brain that occur during the development of chronic pain are poorly understood. Understanding what drives these changes could lead to better management of acute pain.