Mechanisms and Management of Chronic Pain
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Chronic pain symptoms account up to half of all health care visits, afflicts >10% of US adults, at a higher prevalence in women with current analgesic drugs rarely provide enough efficacy in the absence of serious side effects. Chronic pain is also the root cause of the national opioid health crisis, which adds to health care costs and deaths. Thus, new pain therapies based on detailed understanding of nociceptive mechanisms are needed as alternatives to opioid analgesics and are of great societal importance. Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent human health problems that often is associated by the concomitant decline in cognitive and motor functions. Pain is strongly associated with other diseases that can lack of awareness to its pathology. Despite a successful reduction of pain with available medications, majority of treated patients were seeking professional help again. The average time duration between the onset of pain symptoms and the diagnosis is couple of years despite the fact that majority of patients with chronic pain suffer every day. Efficacious and reliable therapeutic intervention is still unavailable despite the tremendous economic burden imposed on healthcare to treat many diseases associated with chronic pain.
Copyright: © 2021 Victor V. Chaban. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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