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Pain Management

Pain management is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain. The typical pain management team includes medical practitioners, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and nurse practitioners. Pain sometimes resolves promptly once the underlying trauma or pathology has healed, and is treated by one practitioner, with drugs such as analgesics and (occasionally) anxiolytics. Effective management of long term pain, however, frequently requires the coordinated efforts of the management team.

Medicine treats injury and pathology to support and speed healing; and treats distressing symptoms such as pain to relieve suffering during treatment and healing. When a painful injury or pathology is resistant to treatment and persists, when pain persists after the injury or pathology has healed, and when medical science cannot identify the cause of pain, the task of medicine is to relieve suffering. Treatment approaches to long term pain include pharmacologic measures, such as analgesics, tricyclic antidepressants and anticonvulsants, interventional procedures, physical therapy, physical exercise, application of ice and/or heat, and psychological measures, such as biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Disclosure of Financial Relationships for The University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Palmetto Health Continuing Medical Education Organization Planning Committee:

No relevant financial relationships exist for the committee members below:
Richard Alia, MD
John Beasley, MD
Douglas Bull, MD
Thomas Edwards, MD
Sarena Grayzck, MD
Robert Grumbach, MD
Greta Harper, MD
Susan J. Keeshan, MD, Chairman
Charlotte Lindler, MD
Mark Mayson, MD
Cam McLain, MD
Robert Milling, MD
Peggy Toliver-Dingle, MD
Jonathan Nwanagu, MD
Kenneth Grant, MD
Drew Royall, Director Case Management
Pamela Stephens, CME Manager
Emily Clark, MHA, CME Coordinator

Financial relationships exist for the committee members below:
Kathleen Kelly-Goodwin, Director Quality-Other Financial Benefit - Tri Anim