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National Pain Week at Right at Home

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National Pain Week takes place in the last week of July each year. This year’s dates fall from Monday, 22 July to Sunday, 28 July. 

ChronicPain Australia estimates that chronic pain affects more than 3.6 million Australians. 

“Chronic pain is a condition of the nervous system. Under normal conditions, pain serves a short-term protective function that resolves with healing. However, when pain persists for three or more months, it moves into the realm of a condition that not only has no benefit, but impacts a person’s ability to work, move, sleep, enjoy social or family time and can cause emotional distress.” 

There are three sources of chronic pain, nociceptive, neuropathic, and nociplastic pain.  

Nociceptive pain can be thought of as pain associated with tissue injury or damage or even potential damage. Nociceptors are sensory endings on nerves that can be excited or sensitised and signal potential tissue damage. Examples of different types of chronic nociceptive pain include osteoarthritis, pelvic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. 

Neuropathic pain is pain associated with injury or disease of nerve tissue. People often get this type of pain when they have shingles, sciatica, neck or back radiculopathy, trigeminal neuralgia, or diabetic neuropathy. 

Nociplastic pain is defined as ‘pain that arises from altered nociception despite no clear evidence of actual or threatened tissue damage causing the activation of peripheral nociceptors or evidence for disease or lesion of the somatosensory system causing the pain’. This type of pain may reflect changes in the way the nervous and immune systems function. Examples of different types of chronic nociplastic pain include Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Fibromyalgia, and non-specific lower back pain. 

According to ChronicPain Australia, good pain management should include:   

  • Developing personalised and realistic goals 
  • Developing a pain management plan that includes team-based care arrangements 
  • Improving your knowledge and understanding of chronic pain 
  • Supporting your skills and application of self-managing chronic pain 
  • Reviewing and modifying your pain management plan 

At Right at Home, we believe in a holistic approach to care, upheld by an outcomes-driven, quantifiable, care planning program to help the elderly, NDIS participants and anyone in our care to achieve their individual goals. If you need assistance with daily activities to help with chronic pain management, please contact your local Right at Home office today.   We provide care under private pay arrangements as well as being an approved aged care provider which means we can provide government funded care under a home care package. We also provide care to self and plan managed NDIS participants. 

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Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care), and any adult who needs our care at home including adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no package management fees, Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget. 

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained, and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one. 

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