pain

NeuRA explains pain during National Pain Week

Dr James McAuley was interviewed recently for an ABC feature about the work being done at NeuRA around pain.
Have a listen here – 

At NeuRA we understand that chronic pain is different for everybody and that more research is needed in this area.
A study conducted by Chronic Pain Australia published today found pain is demonstrated to be ageless with 48% of respondents aged between 31-50 years, followed by 35% aged older, 51-70 and 13% between 21-30 years of age.
Fourteen percent of respondents also care for someone in pain.
The majority (43%) have lived with pain for longer than 10 years.  Back pain is most common (17%) followed by nerve pain (14%) then headache (11%)
Most people manage their pain using medicines (25%) but many use lifestyle strategies (20%).
Half of all respondents had chronic pain following trauma, underscoring the need for people to understand the relationship between trauma and pain, and to seek help for post traumatic stress disorder to help with chronic pain.
Respondents make the following recommendations to avoid their pain becoming chronic
1. Do not push yourself too hard (being a super-man or super-woman) (23%)
2. Reduce stress from your life (20%)
3. Know as much as you can about your condition before undergoing medical treatments (20%)
4. Be as healthy as you can be (19%)