WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 25, 2010) — The Army’s health-care system may soon see changes in how Soldiers are treated for pain, according to a report released by the Army’s surgeon general Wednesday which recommends 109 changes.
The Pain Management Task Force’s final report, which was initiated by Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker in August of 2009, addresses the lack of a comprehensive pain-management strategy across the Army, and suggests alternative treatments to medication such as acupuncture, meditation, biofeedback and yoga. Also noted in the report is the fact that pain management has changed very little since the discovery of morphine in 1805.
Schoomaker explained that with the increasing numbers of Soldiers returning from combat with severe wounds, reports of medication abuse and suicides with pain as a possible factor are troubling.
“While these issues might not be directly related to pain management, I felt a thorough evaluation and assessment of current pain-management practice was indicated,” Schoomaker said…Read more