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PainBalance - Website Review

In our efforts to provide reliable information on maximizing healthy living, Responsive Health would like to invite our readers to review http://www.painbalance.org for information about pain, chronic pain, and pain management. Whether you’re a patient experiencing pain, or a caregiver attempting to alleviate pain in others, their detailed resources about pain management and chronic pain relief are sure to prove useful.

PainBalance provides valuable information on all aspects of pain and pain relief, including both medical and holistic therapies, along with videos that explain how the body generates pain and responds to pain signals. They also offer specific guidelines for clinicians and healthcare professionals involved in the pain management process. Here’s a quick review of the different sections of their site.

Pain Categories and Treatment

Painbalance refers to pain as “The Fifth Vital Sign” in its introduction to different kinds of pain. Much like the organization of this page, Painbalance carefully identifies the problem of pain, its prevalence as a product of various types (back pain, joint pain, etc.) and then provides information regarding potential treatments.

All of the information provided by their site is done so free of charge, though it’s value to pain relief specialists and patients with pain is sure to be quite high. The site is well written, and does not confuse readers with textbook like language, but instead provides a simple analysis and breakdown of the many topics required for achieving a complete understanding of the body’s pain response.

Instead of droning on and on about each subject, PainBalance provides a quick summary of the important elements for each type of pain, then offers information about how to prevent pain symptoms from occurring in the first place, and explains what clinicians attempt to do to treat them once they’ve appeared.

Nociceptive and Neuropathic Pain

These pages are a great example of PainBalance’s ability to provide highly detailed and complicated information in a simple, easily understood manner. The writer identifies each of the main stages in the pain process, from Transduction through Perception, and a video is provided to visually illustrate exactly how each of these stages progress.

On the management of neuropathic pain page, the vivid 3d animations illustrate the impact of pain, along with explaining its effects on the body, and the healing process. These videos are as beautiful as they are informative, and would serve perfectly as introductions to the biological processes behind Neuropathic and nociceptive pain.

Narrative Scenarios and Treatment Options

The Narrative Scenarios and Treatment Options sections of PainBalance are the real meat and potatoes of the site. Here, the reader finds a walkthrough of the site’s many tools, highlighted by case studies for different types of pain. Potential treatments and therapies are also discussed. This section is mostly targeted toward clinicians and healthcare professionals, so for the purposes of this review we will move on to more general subjects.

Chronic Pain Management Guidelines

One of the most important statements we found on PainBalance is that “there is currently no single, comprehensive, widely-accepted set of guidelines for all categories of pain”. With that said, however, we did find a great deal of useful information in the chronic pain management guidelines section.

Again, this area is mostly directed toward pain relief specialists, nurses, and other types of healthcare clinicians treating patients with pain, but it also serves as a great guideline to the general population of people who are experiencing symptoms and wondering about potential treatments.

Guidelines from a wide variety of organizations are presented for a large assortment of different types of pain. From the American Pain Society to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, from the WHO Ladder Guidelines for cancer pain relief to the American Geriatric Society Guidelines for preventing pain in older persons, just about every potential type of pain is covered here.

This section is a must-read for anyone experiencing pain, or anyone attempting to treat pain symptoms in others. It comes highly recommended, and we’re especially happy to have found it all in one convenient place. We applaud and appreciate PainBalance’s forward thinking for centralizing the suggestions from a wide variety of different organizations in one convenient and easily accessible location.

Overall

PainBalance provides a great deal of highly relevant information for anyone experiencing pain, or attempting to treat or simply understand the pain symptoms of other people. From a detailed explanation on the pathophysiology of pain, to their section on Risk Assessment and Management (REMS), PainBalance serves as a comprehensive and incredibly useful resource for understanding the complicated issue of pain.

Responsive Health Scores:
Reliability of Information -10/10
Usefulness- 9/10
Ease of Understanding – 7/10
Total Average Score – 8.5 / 10


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