Feature Article

Managing pain in peripheral artery disease

WINNIE HONG

Figures

© TOA555/stock.adobe.com
© TOA555/stock.adobe.com

Abstract

Pain management is an important adjunct in treating peripheral artery disease (PAD), and may help prevent or limit extent of limb loss by facilitating mobilisation and exercise therapy. Pain relief is also important for symptom palliation when surgical revascularisation is not possible or surgery has not relieved pain adequately.

Key Points

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the most common cause of peripheral ischaemia and is associated with severe pain and distress.
  • Pain management is an important adjunct in treating PAD.
  • Chronic limb-threatening ischaemia (CLTI) is an advanced stage of PAD.
  • Revascularisation is the definitive treatment for CLTI to avoid amputation.
  • Pain relief is also important when revascularisation is precluded.

Figures

© TOA555/stock.adobe.com
© TOA555/stock.adobe.com