Pain is one of the most common complaints that healthcare workers deal with every day. Globally, it has been estimated that 1 in 5 adults suffer from pain.
Pain is among the most frequent reasons for visits to a doctor. The most frequent types of pain in patients who consult a doctor include back pain, headaches, joint pain, pain in the hands and feet (the extremities) and abdominal pain.
Pain is subjective and each person experiences pain differently. People differ remarkably in their ability to tolerate pain. One person cannot tolerate the pain of a small cut or bruise, but another person can tolerate pain caused by a major accident or knife wound with little complaint.
This module discusses pain and inflammation and provides an overview of the treatment of these conditions using over-the-counter (OTC) medicines available in the pharmacy.