6. Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults


About this course Older people often complain of low back pain, presenting with weakness of four limbs, lacking appetite and energy. Family members often thought these deterioration is a normal phenomenon due to ageing. However, these seemingly ordinary and common symptoms are not necessarily caused by ageing. Older people are often either untreated or undertreated for pain. The consequences of under treatment for pain can have a negative impact on their health and quality of life. Chronic pain is the pain of three months or more perceived by the individual. It is caused by different factors. Pain management techniques should include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches. Non pharmacologic treatment options are frequently underused and should be considered in every older people presenting with chronic pain. Even when pharmacologic therapies are considered important, non-pharmacologic options can serve as a helpful adjunct to decrease the dosage and duration of medication when it is used. If there is persistent complaint from the senior of muscle aches, there must be a reason behind, which need to be explored and examined deeply. It is vital that the senior should not be left to suffer in pain.


Micro Module 6. Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults

1. Introduction

2. Knee pain (Doctor series)

3. Knee pain (Physio Therapist series)

4. Waist pain (Doctor series)

5. Waist pain (Physio Therapist series)

6. Health preserving

Demystifying about pain and older adults

Impact of not managing well with chronic pain in older people

Acupressure to relieve headaches in older adults

Relaxation with Breathing Exercise

Osteoarthritis of Knee

Neurological Back Pain

Pain due to Osteoporosis

Self- Management of Pain due to Tendinitis: Trigger finger

Self- Management of Pain due to Tendinitis: Plantar fasciitis

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