Heed Your Heel Pain

Have you woken up in the morning, swung your feet over the side of the bed, and felt a stab of pain as you transfer your body weight to your feet for the first time that day? Or maybe you feel stabbing heel pain, numbness or tingling throughout the day when you get up and…

Defining pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage”. Acute pain is experienced when a stimulus causes a person’s pain, for example, a knife’s cut or a broken bone. It usually lessens or resolves when the stimulus is removed and the tissue damage has healed. The time…

Our pain is our own

How we experience pain is unique to each of us. Some of us feel pain very intensely and some of us feel it to a lesser degree. At times, we feel pain intensely and at other times, we don’t. According to experts, a number of different factors contribute to the way we experience pain, including genetics, the intensity of previously…

Managing pain

The World Health Organisation developed the analgesic ladder in 1986 to provide a framework for physicians to use when developing treatment plans for pain. The analgesic ladder helps medical practitioners prescribe the right medication for their patient’s pain. Starting with simple medications and adding strong pain medications allows the pain medications to work together for maximum benefit with the least side effects. Professor…

Letting go of pain

Many researchers have embarked on studies to better understand the nature of pain and the way our brains interpret it. To address the complex issues involved in managing pain, Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist Dr Tan stresses the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. “These days, we approach pain in a holistic way – we prescribe pain medications, certainly, but we work with other health…

Physio for pain relief

“Being relieved from pain is like being a captive set free,” says Ian Dowley, Director of Flex Physiotherapy, which specialises in treating upper limb, hand and wrist injuries. “Most people I see are experiencing some kind of pain and our role in treating pain begins with education.” Mr Dowley and his colleagues aim to help people understand their condition. The more fear…