a smartPAC
Contact Advanced Tissue

Pain Management and Wound Care

Pain Management and Wound Care

  by    0   0

pain management

Pain can arrive in many forms when it comes to wound care.

Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.5 million Americans every year, according to the National Institutes of Health, and one of the toughest aspects to deal with in wound care is pain management. Any sort of suffering, be it physical or mental, that is associated from enduring the symptoms of an injury can be considered pain, and all patients respond differently to it. Here is a general overview of the variations of pain that can be experienced and how to effectively treat patients when they complain about any discomfort during the treatment process.

Types of pain

There are essentially two types of pain a patient endures in typical wound care procedures: nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Nociceptive derives from immediate reactions to tissue damage, such as a stabbing or skin puncture, which shoot up nerves to indicate pain in the brain. Neuropathic originates from damage to your central nervous system, and may be felt as burning, tingling or shooting sensations. Both of these types of pain produce forms of agony, including:

  • Background: frequent nagging at the wound, even after treatment.
  • Procedural: related directly to wound dressing change.
  • Incident: occurs during natural activities such as sneezing and walking while having a wound.
  • Operative: can be a post-surgery wound or result of a biopsy.

Treating pain

Acute wounds, which are abruptly created from a scrape or minor injury, can usually be accompanied with mild pain, but can heal quickly with medical as well as natural treatment. Whether it is using generic pain reliever medicine such as ibuprofen, or applying topical anesthesia onto a dressing before changing, subtle irritations or discomfort should be accounted for.

The inflammatory phase is the primary step when it comes to natural wound healing. Sometimes patients will complain about discomfort during this process, but they should be warned that sensations of swelling, itching and heat will come with the territory of an acute wound.

A quick response time

Avoiding infection is the overall goal in all stages of wound care, and quickly responding to any injury regardless of its size is the first step toward pain management. Your initial step should be to thoroughly cleanse the lesion with water. Try to avoid using soap, hydrogen peroxide or iodine, because it can tend to stimulate irritation resulting in a considerate more amount of pain. You will, however, need to inspect your wound to remove any dirt or debris which could heighten the risk of wound infection.

After initially dressing the affected area, change the bandage on a daily basis to avoid the covering sticking too close to the lesion. Always try to keep pressure off the wounded area, and remember that being silent about pain should never be a solution. Even receiving plenty of sleep and eating nutritiously can help quicken your recovery rate.

Contact your clinician right away if the wound is deep, it is not healing properly or if inflammation and pain continue, even as you are taking medication as recommended.


Download Now

Download our FREE Wound Care Product Poster for more information on wound care and healing stages.

Related Posts

One Doctor Exploring Wound Care on Earth and in Space

One doctor exploring wound care on Earth and in spaceOne doctor at Rutgers is developing wound healing technology to be used during space travel. In laboratories all across the globe, scientists are uncovering new and exciting breakthroughs in the realm of wound healing. For instance, a team out of Texas is blinding bacteria to prevent their spread. Meanwhile, a collective of doctors from the […]


Tips for Lowering Your Blood Pressure

Tips for lowering your blood pressureSimple changes like regular exercise and a balanced diet can help control your blood pressure. Though not enough people give it ample attention, your blood pressure is a huge component of your personal health. While there are often no external signs or symptoms, untreated high blood pressure – called hypertension – can lead to stroke […]


Doctors Use Stem Cells to Treat Tooth Infections

Doctors use stem cells to treat tooth infectionsA new study has found that stem cells can aid the regrowth of cavities. The use of regenerative medicine has a lot to offer the greater wound care industry. Through a series of biological modifications and interventions, doctors the world over have been able to regrow everything from ears and chunks of skin to several different […]


New Wound Care Gel Enters Final Stage of Study

New wound care gel enters final stage of studyA new therapy called Aurix promises to improve tissue regrowth for painful ulcers. Perhaps of all the many recent advancements in the wound care industry, there is one trend that’s proved most intriguing. Over the last few years, a number of research teams have created advanced solutions for wound healing with material taken directly from […]


Australian Doctors Developing Wound Care Database

Australian doctors developing wound care databaseThis database could be a great way to improve the wound care outcomes for people across the world. There’s no denying the many technological and scientific breakthroughs that wound care specialists are using to reshape the industry. In the last few months alone, projects involving new bleeding treatments based on electrical currents and wound mats […]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top