The Pain Unit in Clinica Ochoa, is a second level, syndromic multidisciplinary, therapeutic unit.
This corresponds with the requirements of CASED (the Accreditation Committee for the Spanish Society of Pain), which guarantees diagnosis and treatment of pain by following a set of guidelines and standards to both institutional and individual requirements.
Service Pain Unit
In the Pain Unit, the following conditions are diagnosed and treated in a methodical way by following certain protocols:
- Acute pain
- Chronic pain symptoms of lumbar and spinal areas, non operable.
- Postoperative lumbar pain or post-laminectomy syndrome.
- Peripheral neuralgia.
- Painful post-herpetic syndromes.
- Neuropathic pain (of a metabolic source such as diabetes,etc.).
- Myofascial syndromes, post traumatological symptoms, headaches and migraines.
- Optimisation and monitoring of Oncology pains.
- Pelvic-perineal pain.
- Dystrophy sympathetic reflex syndromes.
- Rheumatic-arthritic pains in general.
This unit is headed by an Anaesthesiologist. Specialists in anaesthesiology undertake the role of managing and coordinating such units because of their extensive knowledge and experience in the use of analgesic drugs (painkillers) and in techniques for localised analgesia and pain blockers applicable to the diagnosis, including their possible side effects.
They also coordinate many other specialties involved in such a multidisciplinary unit: neurologists, neurophysiologists, chiropractors, surgeons, radiologists, physiotherapists and nurses. This converts the pain center into an area where mechanisms are continually evolving to identify and provide prompt efficient relief to painful symptoms.