Department and Services
Most of us accept pain as a part of life and live with it. It is only when the pain becomes unbearable that we rush to get it treated. The fact is that pain is bad for your health and can lead to other problems like anger, irritability, depression and poor sleep. This affects your relationships with family and friends, and the longer you wait to address your pain, the more difficult it becomes to treat.
Your first step is to find a health care team that can help you. At RR Hospital & Research Centre, we have an integrated Pain Management Unit that strives to take the pain out of life.
Acute post-operative pain
This is for patients who have undergone a surgery at the hospital and are experiencing post operation pain. Earlier, people believed that severe pain after surgery was just something to be endured. However, it is no longer true.
Today, anesthesiologists, surgeons, physiotherapist and nurses can work with you before and after your operation to keep you comfortable. After a major surgery, especially one in the chest or abdomen, it is very important to use a potent type of pain relief.
• Get greater comfort while you recover from surgery.
• Get better faster - with lesser pain you can walk sooner and do breathing exercises better.
• Get better results after surgery with good pain control that avoid problems like pneumonia, blood clots and stress on the heart.
• Allows early discharge from the hospital, thereby reducing overall hospital cost.
Persistent (or chronic) pain
This is for outpatients who suffer from extreme bouts of pain or are living in pain for a very long time. Chronic pain is a term used to describe pain that has lasted longer than 3 months, and is either there all the time or comes and goes.
Chronic pain occurs when there is no injury or when the pain lasts long after the injury has healed. The cause of this type of pain is often unknown, but can occur when the nerves start reacting in an abnormal way. Hence, it is now labeled as a disease, which can be controlled when treated early.
The chronic pain team uses an interdisciplinary approach to ease and improve the quality of life of those living with chronic pain. Here, a pain consultant, physiotherapist, psychiatrist and counsellor work together to help the patient find the root of the pain and treat it.
• Back / Neck pain.
• Trigeminal neuralgia.
• Chronic headaches, migraine.
• Diabetic neuropathy.
• Cancer patients
• Persistent post surgical pain.
• Knee pain.
• Heel pain.
• Pain relieving tablets and medication - these are different from regular painkillers, which may damage liver, kidney, etc. if taken for a long time.
• Physiotherapy and occupational therapy
• Injections and Pain Blocks can be injected around the nerve.
• Trigger point injections can be given where a tight band of muscle irritate surrounding nerves and cause pain in muscles in a distant area.
• Dry needling into tight muscles to relieve spasms and pain.
• Radio Frequency Blocks can be used to interrupt pain pathway.
• Spinal cord implants to mask pain.
• Alternative therapy like yoga, meditation, etc.