- Arm yourself with information about your condition;
- Find support through online groups or peer support programs;
- Work with your doctor and other health care professionals to develop a multi-disciplinary treatment plan that best suits your needs.
- Canadians do not recognize pain as a health priority;
- One in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain;
- A National Pain Strategy would recognize pain as a chronic disease and promote improved access to services, address awareness, education, clinical research and effective pain management;
- The International Pain Summit in Montreal held September 2010 confirmed the declaration that "Access to Pain Management is a Fundamental Human Right".
To highlight some of the proposed recommendations:
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- Official recognition of chronic pain as a chronic disease in Canada to promote a shift in attitudes, promote the idea that access to pain management is a fundamental human right. The idea is to foster a willingness to invest in effective pain care.
- Create and implement a Canadian Pain Strategy to work with all levels of government, the CPC and its partners to create a strategy to reshape the Health Care Systems to be more sensitive to pain and provide effective pain management.
- Canada's Health Care System should become more support of pain care, by creating community networks or teams for multidisciplinary pain management. Different types of doctors and specialists can work together.
- Education for the general public and health care professionals about pain and pain management. There is a need for education regarding chronic pain in health professional curricula. There is also a need to provide timely access to educational materials to a patient once a diagnosis of chronic pain is made.
Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain Pain: A feeling of distress, suffering, or agony, caused by stimulation of specialized nerved endings. According to medical dictionaries, the purpose of pain is protective. Pain acts as a warning sign that tissues are being damaged. Pain tells you to remove or withdraw from the source of discomfort.Acute Pain: Acute pain is severe pain, that occurs within the first 24-48 hours of an event such as trauma or surgery.Chronic Pain: Chronic pain continues over a prolonged period (i.e. 3-6 months) and can be less intense than acute pain. Chronic pain is pain can stem from conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and pain that persists without an explanation after normal healing has occurred.At Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers LLP we recognize that chronic pain is very real and we understand that pain lingers long after an accident occurs and treatments have been given. We believe in our clients' deserve the highest quality of rehabilitation, treatment plans, pain management and care. We work closely with rehab workers and support workers to assist our clients on their journey to their pre-accident selves. We also are fortunate to have an excellent Medical Consultant on our team, Dianne Henderson, who brings her expertise in nursing and patient care advocacy to the firm.