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SingaporeMedicine Highlights Singapore's Advanced Pain Management Techniques
Date:3/31/2009

With advances in pain management techniques, patients suffering from chronic or intense pain no longer have to grit their teeth and bear it.

Singapore (PRWEB) March 31, 2009 -- With advances in pain management techniques, patients suffering from chronic or intense pain no longer have to grit their teeth and bear it.

"In any given country, between 10 and 30 percent of the population will experience some form of chronic pain and the incidence of back or neck pain can be more than 90%. This is a fairly common problem," said Dr Tan Kian Hian, Director of the Pain Management Center at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

Dr Tan, who trained in Australia, helped set up the Center in 2007. To date, his team of pain specialists has treated more than 5,000 cases of chronic or neuropathic pain.

In recent years, several new techniques have become available to pain sufferers - the intrathecal pump and the spinal cord stimulator. Introduced here in 2004, the medical device is used to deliver very small quantities of medications directly to the spine.

"It consists of a metal pump; a reservoir which stores the medication, and a catheter which delivers the drug to the intrathecal space in the spine where it takes effect," explains Dr Tan.

The reservoir can be filled with various types of medications including opioids, Clonidine,
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