The University Hospital of Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín serves 1,500 new patients a year in its chronic pain treatment unit, reported yesterday from the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands before coding the annual revisions of the area in other 3,500 people.
Incorporated in 1995 and assigned to the anesthesia service, the multidisciplinary and specialized unit deals, in particular, with those pains resistant to conventional therapies or susceptible to drugs or complex techniques, detailed from Health through a press release. About 17% of the Spanish population and almost 20% in Europe suffer from chronic pain, whose patients can not perform their professional work normally or develop a life of satisfactory interpersonal relationship.
A study carried out by professionals of Dr. Negrín indicates that the majority of patients treated in the chronic pain unit are of working age (60%) and are women (64%), half of them come from the trauma service (50%) and the diagnosis that prevails is that of lumbalgia or lumbosciatica. Another data from the work suggests that about 43% of patients may have a possible psychiatric disorder as a cause or as a consequence of pain, added from Health.
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