Management of patients suffering from chronic pain is based on long-term therapeutic relationship. The main objectives of the treatment are pain relief, restoration of function and improvement of quality of life. Interventions for treatment and rehabilitation need to be planned in agreement with the patient. Non-pharmaceutical interventions form the basics of the treatment. If medication is needed, it should be tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient according to the etiology and intensity of pain, comorbidities and psychosocial situation.
Pekka Mäntyselkä (Chair)