114509 - Optimising the function of older patients with chronic non-cancer pain: the importance of a tailored approach to assessment and treatment
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The under-reporting of pain in older adults is frequent, often leading to the undertreatment of pain. Challenges contributing to this include age-related differences to the perception of pain, cognitive impairment, and physiological changes affecting pharmacology.
The most frequently identified causes of chronic non-cancer pain include lower back pain and osteoarthritis. Research indicates that localised tissue damage resulting from an acute injury can result in ongoing pain with a nociceptive and/or neuropathic component, leading to nervous system sensitisation and a chronic pain state.