(NEW YORK, NY, January 23, 2013) – Chronic pain—a persistent, continuous or recurrent pain lasting longer than three to six months is an epidemic worldwide, with about 100 million Americans estimated as sufferers.
In honor of the 14th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week (January 20-26th), established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Columbia University School of Nursing offers advice for those dealing with chronic pain.
“Management of chronic pain requires a holistic and multidisciplinary approach and may include lifestyle changes, massage or physical therapy and pharmacotherapy,” said Will Enlow, DNP, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Continuing Education Program of Nurse Anesthesia at Columbia University School of Nursing.
The following tips may be useful to you if you experience chronic pain and should be discussed with your health professional:
Contact: Rachel Zuckerman
Columbia University School of Nursing