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Pain Management in Elderly

Many older people live with persistent pain and effective management of the pain is crucial to improve their quality of life. At HealthQuest, we offer proven strategies for pain management in the elderly. The goal of our treatment is to help older adults maintain their independence, achieve optimal levels of functioning, and improve their well-being.

Medical conditions that cause acute and chronic pain in the elderly include

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Hip fractures
  • Cancer
  • Head trauma
  • Heart disease
  • Skin ulcers
  • Surgery

We specialize in geriatric care and can provide individualized treatment for older adults with chronic conditions and with functional limitations and disabilities.

Effective Assessment and Management of Pain in the Elderly

When it comes to geriatric patients, under-reporting and under-treatment of pain are common problems. This has impacts such as having to retire from the workforce and retreating from sporting activities and social environments. Other issues include loss of independence, anxiety, sleep disruption, appetite problems, weight loss, and depression.

At HealthQuest, treatment begins with proper pain assessment. We have a multidisciplinary team approach that involves the patient, family/caregivers, and our pain management doctors. Our team works closely with geriatric patients to elicit pain information which is crucial to pain assessment and treatment. We pay attention to both clinical and psychological aspects to tackle pain in the elderly.

Our comprehensive pain assessment includes review of medical history, physical exam, and lab and diagnostic tests to understand the true cause of the pain. Our pain assessment is consistent and efficient and every result is documented so that the effectiveness of the treatment can be evaluated.

Pain Management

Techniques

In addition to geriatric doctors and pain management specialists, our team includes physical therapists chiropractors and orthopedists. These professionals coordinate to implement pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies to treat both the sensory and emotional components of pain and improve function and mobility.

Pharmacologic Strategies

Interventional therapies: Our interventional pain management services provide pain relief from variety of conditions and disorders such as arthritic back pain, post-traumatic pain syndrome, muscle and bone pain. Pharmacological measures include injections, nerve blocks and neuroaugmentation (spinal cord stimulation). Medications administered include nonopioid analgesics like acetaminophen for osteoarthritis, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anti-convulsants and tricyclic antidepressants.

Non-pharmacologic Strategies

Physical therapy: We provide custom physical therapy programs for geriatric patients that may include therapeutic massages, electro-physical modalities such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), cold/heat treatments, and physical exercises.

We continually monitor treatment and evaluate patients. Our ongoing education program, rehabilitation services, medication management and self-help techniques are designed to help geriatric patients manage themselves.

Elderly Fall Prevention

Falls are the most common cause of hip fractures and bone disorders in the elderly. Our slip/fall prevention program is aimed at reducing the risk of falls/injuries in geriatric patients. The program includes fall risk assessment ad conditioning, balance and gait training, and advice on how to minimize the risk of environmental factors that can cause falls.

For more information about our services for pain management in elderly, call 718-769-2521 or send an email to info@hqbk.com.