STUDY OF PAIN
TOWARDS FREEDOM FROM PAIN
Pain is an unpleasant sensation bestowed upon the mankind as a protective mechanism to save it from the adverse environment and fatal illnesses. Severe or chronic pain are, however, counterproductive and lead to various psychological distress, loss of days to work, as well as increased health care cost. Appropriate management of pain is thus not only humane, but is also a key to a more healthy and productive society.
The study of pain and its management has been a point of interest to many clinicians, researchers, psychologists, physical therapists throughout the world. International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) was established in the year 1974 AD with a mission to “bring together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide”. Although many Nepalese suffer from chronic pain and seek help to different health care providers, there was no organized body to study, guide or advocate proper pain management until recently. The Nepal Association for the Study of Pain (NASP) was established in the year 2073 BS (2016 AD). The Founder president of the society is Prof. Balkrishna Bhattarai and the Founder Secretary is Dr. Asish Subedi.