Sunday, March 8, 2009

Chronic Pain - What's in a definition?

We at Windows on Pain have been debating to arrive at the correct definition of 'chronic pain'. This is what we came up with - chronic pain is severe, persistent pain that obstructs and constricts peoples’ lives, often to devastating effect for them and their families.

Did you know that at any time, a staggering 3.2 million Australians of working age have this degree of pain? These are thought-provoking statistics! Although pervasive, persistent pain is a taboo subject shrouded in denial and aversion, and invisibility definitely limits the search for effective treatment. What do you think?