A new study finds that working on ways to approach the treatment of chronic pain may help to significantly improve the mood and quality of life for patients enduring pain disorders.
In fact, researchers found a reduction in the pain severity of more than 20% and a drop in pain interference of nearly 30% in patients after 24 weeks of integrative care. Significant improvements were made in mood, stress, quality of life, fatigue, sleep and well-being.
Chronic pain is hard to treat. “There have been some therapeutic advances, many patients with chronic pain become resistant to conventional medical treatments or suffer adverse effects from widely used prescription medications with high addictive potential. The results from this study are particularly encouraging as chronic pain is the number one condition for which patients seek care at integrative healthcare clinics,” says lead researcher Dr. Donald Abrams, University of California San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.
Chronic pain affects nearly 116 million American adults, costing an estimated $635 billion annually. The study tracked patients' measures of pain, quality of life, mood stress, sleep, fatigue, sense of control, overall well-being and work productivity in patients at nine different clinical sites.
Practitioners should devise integrative treatment plans for chronic pain patients. This could include integrative physicians, pain specialists, acupuncturists, mindfulness instructors, and yoga instructors as well as some massage therapists, dietician/nutritionists and/or psychologists.
The study results, which were conducted over a 24-week period, provide the possibility of the benefits of intergrative interventions. For more information on the pain specialists and pain management with Franklin Pain and Wellness Center, contact us.
Science World Report