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Pain management (also called pain medicine) is the discipline concerned with the relief of pain. Pain is a very personal and individual experience. The goal of NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital's physicians and nurses is to eliminate or reduce patients' physical pain.

Acute pain usually begins suddenly and is often clearly linked to experiencing some type of physical trauma such as surgery, labor and childbirth, broken bones, burns, or an accident. Acute pain often has a reversible cause and may require only temporary treatment. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months, and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed.

In contrast, chronic pain often results from conditions that are more difficult to pinpoint or treat, and may take a longer time to reverse. Chronic pain persists despite the fact that the injury that may have caused it has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. In such situations, the pain itself is frequently managed separately from the underlying condition of which it is a symptom. Pain can be treated in a number of ways depending upon its possible cause and the severity of the pain itself. Talk to your primary care doctor about any pain, especially any long-lasting or unusually sharp pain, that you may feel.

Acute Pain

If you are a patient in the Hospital and experience pain, immediately tell your doctor or nurse.

You can expect:

  • your reports of pain will be believed and will be responded to promptly
  • you will receive information about pain relief measures
  • you will receive treatment by concerned specialists dedicated to pain prevention and management

In turn, as a patient, your healthcare team will expect you to:

  • ask your healthcare providers what to expect regarding pain and its management
  • discuss pain relief treatments with your doctors and nurses, and work with them to create a pain relief plan
  • ask for pain relief medications when pain first begins
  • help the doctors and nurses determine how bad your pain is and inform them about any pain that will not go away

You may also wish to speak to medical specialists from the Department of Anesthesia before or after you have any inpatient or outpatient procedure at the Hospital. The Department of Anesthesia is responsible for ensuring our patients' safety and comfort during both inpatient and ambulatory procedures. The Department of Anesthesia is also responsible for the provision of acute pain services for those patients who need assistance controlling their pain postoperatively.

Chronic Pain

Your doctor may recommend that you speak to a pain management specialist, especially if you are suffering from chronic pain. For some types of pain, your doctor may also recommend that you receive physical rehabilitation. The Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic can assess and treat a range of injuries and conditions related to musculoskeletal, neurological, post-surgical, and developmental disorders. The clinic's staff helps patients regain their optimal level of functioning through the following services:

  • physiatry
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • speech-language therapy
  • acupuncture

All NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital physicians are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. Within the familiar setting of their community hospital, patients experience a level of care found in a leading academic medical center.

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