Pain After Surgery Topic Guide
Pain After Surgery: Though pain after surgery is common, there are ways to minimize and manage this pain. Along with pain medication, patients should stop cigarette smoking and be diligent about managing other existing medical conditions. Careful care of the surgical incision sites should also help prevent infections to the wounds, which prolong pain and are dangerous to the patient.
Chronic Pain Chronic pain is pain that persists for a period of six months or longer, and is the result of a long-standing medical condition(s) or damage to the body. Common sources of chronic pain include headaches, back pain, and arthritis. There are several types of pain including general somatic pain, visceral pain, bone pain, muscle cramps, neuropathy, circulatory problems, and headache pain. Chronic pain may be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
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