Everybody experiences pain at some point in their life and community pharmacy is often the place people turn to for advice and support, says Asha Fowells
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Key learning points
Pain is unpleasant, but a given in life. After all, it is the body’s way of alerting us to the fact that something has gone awry, whether that is the result of an infection, a disc that has slipped out of its usual place in the spine, or a million other reasons. In many cases, the discomfort is mercifully short-lived and resolves relatively easily.
But, in other cases, the pain persists for weeks, months or even years, which can have a profound effect on the life of the sufferer and often their close family and friends.
This article goes back to basics, looking at what causes pain and how it is categorised and managed so that pharmacists and their teams are equipped to provide appropriate advice and support to patients.