Special Issue "Chronic Pain Care and Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.
Interests: chronic pain; spine; brain; peripheral nerve; intervention; ultrasound
Acute pain has a protective advisory function; it indicates that a lesion has occurred, and it triggers reactions that prevent the lesion from exacerbating. Pain that persists for 3 or more months is called chronic pain. Acute pain can be managed by identifying and treating the cause. However, when the pain becomes chronic, the protective function is lost, and the agonizing aspect remains; hence, the pain becomes the target of treatment instead of the cause. For example, when a fire alarm goes off, the site of the fire should be located as opposed to turning off the alarm, but if the alarm continues to go off even after the fire has been extinguished, the fire alarm will have to be fixed. Some cases of chronic pain are easily resolved, but in many cases, treatment is challenging. Uncontrolled chronic pain results in the deterioration of patients’ quality of life and loss of productivity. Therefore, chronic pain should be aggressively treated and researched. Various modalities, including exercise, physiotherapy, pharmacological therapy, procedure, surgery, and psychological therapy, are used to control chronic pain. These modalities may be combined in cases of pain that are inadequately controlled with single treatment modalities. This Special Issue on “Chronic Pain Care and Management” will cover various effective treatment techniques for controlling chronic pain. Particularly, we ask authors to include a discussion of specific mechanisms of chronic pain control of the treatment modalities understudied in their manuscripts to further readers’ understanding of the treatments for chronic pain.
Dr. Min Cheol Chang
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- chronic pain