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The importance of Pain Units

Written by: Dr. José Chiquero Ortiz
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Traditionally, Pain Units have always been focused on cancer patient through palliative treatments to prevent or alleviate their suffering. However, his work now goes further, as new solutions for patients with chronic pain of all kinds, especially the musculoskeletal type are also available.


Main types of pain

Head aches so patients attend Pain Units are:

  • lumbago
  • dorsalgias
  • cervicalgias
  • traumatological pathologies or locomotor
  • Pain that does not evolve satisfactorily despite rehabilitation
  • headaches
  • Neuropathic pain
  • myofascial syndrome


Pain treatment: minimally invasive techniques

Before choosing the most appropriate technique to eliminate patient discomfort, always do a very thorough diagnosis which takes into account the patient's clinical history, studying all the details of your problem and history, evidence made and requesting, if necessary, new ones.

To overcome both these ailments and symptoms and regain the patient's welfare, always an outpatient treatments are performed, ie without hospitalization. There are different options analgesic which can be of two types:

  • Pharmacological: although often effective, it is important to reduce or control their consumption, since in many cases can lead to new problems for the body.
  • Minimally invasive techniques: help carry incapacitating even faster recovery, both in surgical patients and those with physical limitations or conditions. In these situations, these treatments achieve greater functionality, which will mean a considerable improvement in their quality of life.

Regarding this last point, a common example is shoulder pain, which often leads to a slow recovery, although surgery has been performed previously. In these cases, injections or nerve blocks are performed. These techniques manage to eliminate or reduce pain, facilitate rehabilitation and thus accelerate recovery.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Chiquero Ortiz
Pain Medicine

Dr. Chiquero Ortiz is a renowned specialist in pain expert unit physical medicine and rehabilitation. A graduate of the University of Granada, is also a specialist in Family and Community Medicine and Diploma in Emergency and Catastrophe. During his long career, he has developed his research activity in the field locomotor and in the area of ​​cardiac rehabilitation and respiratory and has made multiple presentations at regional and national conferences. He currently combines his work as co-responsible for the Pain Mediterranean Almería Hospital with teaching at the University of Almeria and the Official College of Physicians of Almeria.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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