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Pain and Palliative Medicine

The Aster RV Hospital in Bangalore has one of the best Palliative Care Centres in the whole city. Their palliative care team at the Department of Palliative Medicine works on the Interdisciplinary & acute palliative care model in India. All the team members are professionals and have more than twenty years of combined experience.
The team practices ethical and evidence-based palliative medicine. It focuses on caring for the patients from the moment they get diagnosed with a chronic life-timing illness to the entire duration of the disease.
 
Members of the team include palliative specialists, pain specialists, Palliative Nurse-specialists, Nutritionists, psychologists, Mind-Body Medicine specialists, Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists, who provide patient-centric care through an interdisciplinary approach. They are responsible for controlling and supporting symptoms caused by illnesses, including those arising primarily due to treatment for an infection. Some examples are chronic kidney disease, heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease, chronic liver disease, Cancer, Paediatric palliative care, Neurological illness.

Holistic care:

As individuals, we acknowledge that patients and their families experience pain on a multidimensional level - physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually - a concept referred to as 'Total Pain.' Our team assesses the patient's pain and formulates a customized treatment plan based on the patient's specific needs post-evaluation. Treatment plans include pharmacological and non-pharmacological techniques.

Nursing care:

Experienced professional Palliative Nurse Specialists provide patients with support and advice regarding practical matters such as appropriate care at home. They empower patients and caregivers to be confident in managing symptoms at home. They also provide outpatient care to the patients through the Ostomy Care, Mucositis Clinic, Malignant Wound Clinic, Constipation Clinic, and Lymphedema Care.

Extended care at home:

At the time of discharge, the team supervises the patient's care in the comfort of their own home. They brief the patient's family for the caregiving at home by discussing the necessary support and equipment needed.

Interventional Pain management:

To manage and care for intractable pain, we use a holistic approach beyond just focusing on medications. Interventional pain management, if needed, is offered when pain is obstinate to these measures. Our Hybrid Cath-Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for providing interventional pain management.
Aster RV Hospital is the best hospital in the country for Pain and Palliative care because of the approach of management and care, provided in tandem with the treating team.

Our Doctors

We have some of the best specialists from around the world, they bring years of experience and offer evidence-based treatment to ensure the best care for you.

FAQs

Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than six months or prolongs beyond the usual recovery period. The condition often affects a person’s ability to perform normal activity of daily living like eating, sleep and work. Chronic pain is just not a symptom it’s a disease by itself and would benefit if a proper diagnosis is made and a treatment plan established.

What are the types of Chronic pain?

The commonest examples of chronic pain are -

  • Lower back pain
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Neurogenic pain (pain caused due to nerve damage)
  • Post-trauma pain
  • Postsurgical pain
  • Psychogenic pain.

How can a pain management clinic prove effective?

Many times, the diagnosis of chronic pain may be made, but the right management plan for the individual might be lacking. The possibility of a diagnosis for the pain might be missing despite even post multiple consultations and investigations. This may further lead to a lot of stress on your mind and body and will impact every aspect of your life.

To resolve the impact of chronic pain and provide a complete solution, you may need to visit a specialized Pain Management Centre that will provide a team of experts to arrive at the right diagnosis, plan a comprehensive individual-based management, and offer specialized care.

The pain management program at ASTER RV offers a wide range of treatments to reduce chronic pain and facilitate recovery.

This includes treatments and therapies like -

  • Arriving at the right diagnosis
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Dry needling or Interventions Ultrasound-guided
  • Interventions guided by fluoroscopy or ultrasound guidance for precision
  • Regenerative therapy: platelet-rich plasma, stem cell therapy
  • Manual therapy by physiotherapy
  • Ergonomics guided by an occupational therapist
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Self-management techniques.

Early diagnosis and communication by healthcare providers are found to be useful in the self-management of chronic pain and hence, pain management centres can prove effective in the treatment of chronic pain.

What are the pain treatment procedures at Aster RV

The pain management department at Aster RV focuses on evidence-based care that aims to provide relief and quality care with precision and compassion. We provide a host of treatments including -

  • Comprehensive Chronic pain Interventions with Ultrasound Guided Tendon/Joint Procedures
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injections, Lumbar Facet Joint Injections, Dorsal Root Ganglion Block
  • Epidurogram and Epidural Injection
  • Radio Frequency Denervation, Vertebroplasty/ Kyphoplasty
  • Spinal Cord/Sacral Stimulators
  • Intrathecal Pump Infusions
  • Central and Peripheral Neurolysis.

With our tailored therapy plans and techniques we have successfully managed the following conditions in the past -

  • Musculoskeletal/Myofascial Pain
  • Low back pains/ Slip disc pain/Sciatica
  • Neck & Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches: Stress-related, Cluster, Cervicogenic or Migraine
  • Post Stroke Pain/ Post-surgical Pain/ Post-Injury pain
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neuropathic Pain: Phantom Limb Pain, diabetic neuropathy
  • Rheumatological Pains
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Scar/Nerve Entrapment Pain
  • Cancer Pain.

At Aster RV, we live by our motto of ‘We Treat You Well’ and ensure that every patient that is visiting our premises gets complete care. The first step of our diagnosis is to identify the source of pain and then aggressively proceed to target this source for long-term pain relief.

What are the causes?

A prolonged Chronic illness ranging from common Low back pain or knee osteoarthritis to sinister cause like cancer could be the reason for ongoing pain.

What are the signs and symptoms of chronic pain?

While Chronic pain itself indicates that something is wrong with your body. However, the pain can range from mild to intense indicating that the pain is just one of the many signs, including:

  • Getting exhausted easily
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor sleep and Mood swings
  • Weakness
  • Feeling Fatigued
  • Impaired mental function leading to depression and anxiety
  • Fever in some cases.

Why choose Aster RV?

At Aster RV, our experienced pain management department adopts an Interdisciplinary approach for comprehensive care and overall assessment and accurate diagnosis of the patients. This ensures effective and personalized treatment plans for every patient and improves their quality of life. Our experts tailor the Intervention and therapies to every patient’s requirement, to ensure faster pain relief and recovery of the patients with reduced hospital visits.

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