At least 300,000 adults in Singapore are currently living in pain.
Are you one of them?
Talk to our doctor today and break free from the cycle of pain.
What is pain?
Pain is an unpleasant sensation that we experience when there is an injury or inflammation taking place in our body. However, as each person’s feelings are unique, individual pain perceptions differ and what may be perceived as severe pain by one individual nay be perceived as mild or moderate pain by another.
Typically, pain can be described as mild pain, moderate pain or severe pain. Mild pain causes minor discomfort, while moderate pain affects the person enough to detract them from carrying out their daily activities. Severe pain is pain such that the person is constantly aware of the pain and is unable to focus on any other activity.
Acute and Chronic Pain
Depending on duration, pain may be classified as acute or chronic pain.
Acute pain refers to pain that occurs for a short duration of time. It eventually subsides either with or without treatment.
Examples: acute gout, pain associated with injury, post-surgical pain etc.
Chronic pain refers to persistent or recurrent pain, that lasts for more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual’s well-being.
Examples: Low back pain, pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, neuropathic pain, musculoskeletal pain etc.
Pain and quality of life
Constant pain can have a deleterious effect on the quality of life and overall well-being of the sufferer, affecting their mental health, employment status, sleep and even interpersonal relationships.
How to manage your pain?
Today, a range of pain treatments are available to help most people break the cycle of pain and enjoy a pain-free productive life. As the type, intensity and perception of pain of each individual is unique, the treatment has to be specifically tailored based on individual requirements.
Key considerations in pain management
- The underlying cause of pain should be identified and treated whenever possible.
- The choice of treatment should be selected after carefully weighing the treatment benefits and associated side effects.
- Regular follow-up is essential to monitor pain reduction, return to function, and to ensure that there are no unwanted side- effects with continued treatment.
- A holistic treatment approach, including non-medicinal measures, such as physical therapy, exercises and psychological support.
Non-pharmacological means of managing pain
- Application of heat:
Relieves pain, muscle soreness, tightness and helps muscles to relax.
- Physiotherapy and exercise:
Effective in pain relief and also help maintain and improve muscle strength, fitness.
- Ice therapy:
Found to be effective in reducing pain and swelling.
- Shockwave therapy:
Stimulates the body’s self healing mechanism. It is also use to break up kidney stones.
- Platelet rich plasma therapy:
Using your own platelets retrieved from your blood, and inject it at the painful area so as to help to regenerate and heal.
Pharmacological means of managing pain
Oral anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxants and pain killers that will help with your symptoms conservatively .
Localised anti-inflammatory injection the affected spot and usually will provide a faster relief compare to oral medication.