Pain management (also called pain medicine or algiatry) is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain.
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 Pain Management medicine is to relieve suffering.
Chronic pain affects an estimated 86 million American adults to some degree.
Pregnant women in early labor who use ice massage at specific acupuncture points on the hand may experience less pain, according to a new study in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health (2003;48:317’21). This study suggests ice massage is a safe, non-invasive method of decreasing a woman’s labor pain.