Overview

Studies show that persistent pain afflicts 1 in 6 adults. Left unmanaged, it impacts more and more on the sufferers’ overall quality of life and chronicity

Professional and social activities are limited and even the ability to perform basic daily tasks of everyday living become restricted. Sleep deprivation, difficulties with employment , family issues, worsening health and emotional problems all occur too frequently. Research has shown that this can cause significant reduction in quality of life.

Pain
sufferers of persistent pain are very often left with a sense of frustration and helplessness at the apparent lack of treatment options with insufficient available information about the condition. Many sufferers are also experiencing side effects from pain killers that may only have a 1 in 3 chance (and very often less) of providing any decent relief.

Help is at hand and there is an alternative to this. Research has shown conclusively that the correct multimodal approach to the problem, supported with patient information and engagement in their pain management care plan, can produce significant improvement in both physical and emotional well-being. This is even possible when the pain itself may not be completely curable. The term for this approach is ‘biopsychosocial’ which is best defined as holistic in its truest sense.

A Pain Management Service gives access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists using proven treatments. At a first appointment with a pain management consultant there is the opportunity to go through every aspect of your problem to assess the causes of the pain, its full impact and to receive a thorough explanation of the mechanisms and drivers behind the pain and appropriate options that are readily available.

Treatments can include injections to deliver medicine or, if suitable, radiofrequency therapy to the site of pain with a proven track record of success and safety for the particular problem. There is also advice on the most appropriate medication regimes (complete with a discussion of any possible side effects) if needed and access to the most effective physical therapies (e.g physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic etc) and ultimately, providing patients with the knowledge and tools for a Self-Management care plan.
Treatment

This multi-disciplinary approach is now recommended by the MAP OF MEDICINE which is used by many Commissioners of Healthcare.

For those people where the pain has produced a significant emotional impact, modern psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness has been proven to be the most effective treatment and is available through a multidisciplinary service.

Pain Management Service can help with the following problems:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Inoperable cervical and lumbar disc problems
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle and soft tissue pain
  • Neuropathic pain (pain from injured nerves)
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia (shingles)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-operative pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Worries about medication being used for pain or side effects from them