Older Adults_Bars-Geriatric Pain

Pain Management Information


The information in this section provides individuals with knowledge in the form of “Fast Facts” (documents which provide a brief overview and details about a specific subject) that review topics such as:  An Overview of Nondrug Pain and Symptom Management;  specific non-drug pain management techniques; Safety Precautions for Opioid Use; Opioid Side Effects and Bowel Management for Opioid Use.

Geriatric Pain Older Adults
Non-Drug Related Interventions
  • Pain and Symptom Management
    • “Nondrug Pain and Symptom Management” provides an overview of the basics of Nondrug Pain Treatment Techniques. Shares some examples of different types of nondrug treatments, describes the general advantages and possible disadvantages and describes what an older adult can do with these types of treatments.
  • Cold Therapy
    • “Cold as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of cold treatments and provides guidelines for its use, describes types of equipment needed, direction on how to use this treatment.
  • Controlled breathing & Guided Imagery
    • “Controlled Breathing & Guided Imagery as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of controlled breathing and guided imagery, detailed directions on how to use these techniques.
  • Distraction
    • “Distraction as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of distraction the benefits, potential problems, and methods to use.
  • Exercise
    • “Exercise as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of exercise including how it works to assist with pain control, and different types of exercise one might try.
  • Heat Therapy
    • “Heat as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of heat to assist with pain control including heat treatment options, application guidelines (Dos and Don’ts), equipment needed, and directions on use.
  • Massage
    • “Massage as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of massage to assist with pain control including application guidelines (both Dos and Don’ts), equipment needed, and directions on use.
  • Music
    • “Music as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of music to assist with pain control including tips on use, and what research suggests about the use of music.
  • Positioning
    • “Positioning as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of positioning to assist with pain control including the benefits of positioning, and guidelines.
  • Relaxation
    • “Relaxation as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of positioning to assist with pain control including the benefits of relaxation, and relaxation techniques.
Drug Related Interventions
  • Bowel Management for Opioid Use
    • “Bowel Management for Opioid Use” provides information about the issue of constipation that can occur with Opioid medication use to treat pain. The document provides the caregiver with important information to be aware of related to past medical history, and lists possible bowel management treatments.
  • Opioid Side Effects (Adverse Effects)
    • “Opioid Side Effect (Adverse Effects” provides general information about Opioid pain medication side effects, including common side effects and how to address each.
  • Safety Precautions for Opioid Use with Older Adults
    • Safety Precautions for Opioid Use with Older Adults” provides information about key principles related to Opioid pain medication use with older adults, and provides an overview of common opioid side effects (adverse effects) seen in older adults.
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