Geriatric Pain Management

    Taking care of our elder community

    The prevalence of persistent pain increases with age and majority of elderly persons have significant pain problem. This is one of the most common complaints that remains poorly treated in the elderly population. Elder people may have more health problems but this does NOT make pain a normal part of aging. Pain can exist even when physical cause can't be found. Therefore, older adults have the right to appropriate assessment and management of pain.

    Elderly people with pain are the only ones who know how much pain they are feeling and recognizing pain in cognitively impaired older person can be particularly challenging. The most important factor in assuring quality pain management for older adult is proper assessment which can be obtained by using tools and instruments that is appropriate.

    The care of older adults suffering with pain is a difficult ordeal that calls for understanding as well as compassion and understanding. Elderly with pain may lose the ability to move around, they may have trouble sleeping, mood swings, anxiety or depression and poor self-image. They may be at greater risk for falls, weight loss, poor inter-personal relationship and difficulties in doing their everyday activities.

    Most pain can be controlled, usually through a combination of drug and non-drug treatment program, which should be discussed with the pain doctor.

    How can we help?

    Metro Spine Physicians understand that pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience; therefore their assessment addresses both physical and psychological aspects of pain.

    Our doctors believed that approaches to elderly pain management should include proper assessment and the use of instruments and tools that is appropriate for the older adult. They encourage the reporting of pain by older adults who are reluctant to discuss pain, deny pain when it is likely present, or fail to follow through on prescribed treatments.

    We place special considerations to patients that have difficulty in communicating and mobility by providing them a comfortable examination environment, shorter wait time and paper work assistance if needed (such as Metro Access Application & Other forms).

    Our Physician's recognizes that elderly patients don't always report their pain as such they have encouraged the care givers, folks and family member of the older adult patient to get involve on their assessment and treatment programs in order optimally help the elderly patient.

    Metro Spine Pain Center Physician's focuses more on interdisciplinary approach to pain management in order to achieve better therapeutic outcomes. Our doctors initiate conservatively pharmacotherapy in order to avoid adverse drug effects and to avoid adding more medication in the "pool" of elderly medications. Patients are encouraged to explore non-drug pain intervention and treatment programs such as Physical Therapy, Pool Therapy, Pain Procedures and Injections.

    To find out more about our geriatric pain management program and how we can help you and your love ones, you may reach us 301 856 5860.