Pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting a physician.
Our bodies warn us of harmful influences through the sensation of pain. While acute pain appears suddenly and is usually easily handled, chronic pain can recur over months and years or be constantly present. Chronic pain represents an independent disease and is therefore much more difficult to treat.
One fifth of all Europeans suffers from chronic pain; this can be as high as one third for those over the age of 70. The treatment options currently available include a good selection of effective pain medications. Even strong pain can be effectively alleviated thanks to modern treatment concepts and analgesics.
Effective communication between patients and physicians is essential for the success of the chosen treatment as well as the management of pain in general.