The Emotional and Psychological Impacts of Chronic Pain

For most healthcare professionals, pain is a part of our daily routine. We see acute pain caused by recent ailments or surgical procedures, as well as chronic pain from past injuries. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain continues beyond the expected healing time of the injury and is often difficult to treat. Most therapies and procedures look at reducing the pain, not curing it (McAllister, 2015). Chronic pain has a fluctuating and unstable progression that leads to the individuals feeling uncertain about the future. Challenges faced by health professionals who struggle when unable to ‘cure’ a patient are often caused by this pathway of chronic pain.
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