The Conundrum of Treating Chronic Pain in Older AdultsPaul Arnstein*
Paul Arnstein, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Paul Arnstein
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 09, 2016; Accepted date: April 11, 2016; Published date: April 18, 2016
Citation: Arnstein P (2016) The Conundrum of Treating Chronic Pain in Older Adults. Aging Sci 4:149. doi: 10.4172/2329-8847.1000149
Copyright: © 2016 Arnstein P. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Despite remarkable advances in healthcare, chronic pain afflicting millions of older adults remains poorly treated. Intense or prolonged exposure to pain creates degenerative changes throughout the nervous system, which intensifies, prolongs and spreads it. The loss of brain gray matter with persistent pain greatly outpaces that seen with normal aging and can explain the learning, memory and emotional difficulties experienced. This loss can be partially reversed with effective treatment.