6. Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults

6. Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults
  • Start Date: 2020/08/31
  • Length: 3 weeks, 1 hr per week.
  • Language: English/ Chinese


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.

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Prof. Jean Woo
CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing
Prof. Diana Lee
Professor of Nursing
CUHK The Nethersole School of Nursing
Ms. Chui Man Kwok
Nursing Officer
CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing
Dr. Maria Chui
CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing
Mr. Ricky Lau
Registered Physiotherapist
Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner