What is it?

More than 65% of palliative care patients experience pain. People with cancer, osteoarthritis, end-stage renal failure, neurological disease and heart disease may all experience different levels of pain.

People may notice more pain as they reach the final years of life.

Most pain can be relieved or controlled. A person’s palliative care team will diagnose and treat the pain using any of the following.

  • Medication
  • Hot packs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Massage
  • Relaxation
  • Exercises
  • Distraction

Palliative care patients may feel worried or scared about pain. But there are many techniques to help patients remain pain free.