Studies have shown that chronic pain is more prevalent in older adults than in any other age group, and women experience pain more than men. As a matter of fact, 73% of older adults report that they are experiencing pain, increasing to 80% for those who are living in care homes. The type of pain experienced is not solely chronic, data shows that acute pain is poorly managed in this age group. But, no matter what age group you are in, poorly treated pain can cause functional impairment such as sleep disturbance, reduced mobility, and decreased socialization.
The two types of pain are:
- Acute pain – usually mild and only last for a short time (less than 3-6 months); it is commonly associated with soft tissue damage like a sprained ankle or a paper cut.
- Chronic pain – generally lasts for more than 3 to 6 months; the pain may arise with an injury, for instance during a back sprain or an ongoing illness.
The most common causes of pain are:
- Soft tissue injury
- Medical conditions (cancer, arthritis, nerve pain and back problems.
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