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Experts meet on pain treatment advances

Friday 27 April 2012

 

From ABC News:

 

Dr David Butler
PHOTO: Dr David Butler said pain treatment advances
needed to be better communicated (Source: csp.org.uk)
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Experts meet on pain treatment advances

First posted April 26, 2012 08:50:13
Updated April 26, 2012 09:54:23

A conference on medical treatment of pain will be told some treatment advances are not being adequately relayed to clinicians.

Hundreds of pain therapists from around the world are in Adelaide for the conference.

The head of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute, Dr David Butler, said there were gaps in the flow of information to those treating pain.

"There are new techniques to access these brain changes, new ways of exercise, new computer programs ... which have good efficacy in changing some pain states that were in the past very difficult to shift," he said.

Dr Butler said failure to adequately treat pain in the pelvic region alone was costing Australia billions of dollars annually.

"Pelvic pain, bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction is still hidden away in society. Pelvic pain hasn't been yet addressed in its body and brain capacity, so that's an example of a pain state that we're trying to essentially liberate in this conference," he said.

"In one year the money Australians fork out to pain, whether it's for treatment, loss of work, medication, surgery or other myriad things costs us more than the entire roll-out of the National Broadband Network."

 

The above originally appeared here.

 


 

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