Our team of clinicians can help you to regain your best quality of life. Patients will often work with several clinicians on our team. We coordinate your care to maximise your pain management.
- One-on-one consultations and therapy.
- Team approach where you will see medicine, physiotherapy and psychology pain clinicians who integrate your care plan.
- Coordinated case reviews with your team of clinicians.
- Development of tailored long-term treatment plans.
- We accept referrals from GPs, medical and surgical specialists, vocational rehabilitation providers / injury management consultants, insurance companies, DVA, and self-referrals.
Pain Medicine is a new medical specialty, which draws on expertise from various fields of medicine to address the complex issues surrounding the origin and persistence of pain.
The spectrum of care provided by a Pain Medicine Specialists includes:
- A comprehensive, multidisciplinary and individualised treatment plan for patients with chronic pain and complex needs.
- Serving as a consultant to other physicians.
- Liaison with and directing a multidisciplinary team.
- Prescribing medication.
- Performing pain-relieving procedures including spinal cord stimulators.
- Counselling patients and families.
- Co-operating with other healthcare professionals.
- Education of the patient about their diagnosis and pain management plan.
Our physiotherapists have special training and experience in working with people whose pain has not recovered. Ongoing pain can affect all parts of your life, and can result in you giving up what is important to you. Our aim is to enable you to live your life to the full. We look at you as a whole person. We focus on helping you improve so that you can do what you want and need to do.
What we provide:
- A detailed assessment of:
- What started the pain.
- What has been trialled so far.
- What are the possible reasons why your pain is persisting?
- How you have learnt to protect yourself now that pain is persisting.
- How pain is restricting your ability to do physical things, as well as impacting on your sense of self, your mood, and your sleep.
- The habits that you find helpful, and how you have adapted to get things done.
- Your ideas of what we can address, and what can help you move forwards.
- How your body is moving, and how it is being limited.
- A treatment plan designed specifically for you, based on the things you miss in your life at home, at work and at play. You will learn:
- What has been limiting your recovery up till now.
- How pain is protective support for our bodies, and how it can change.
- Better ways of being active and moving to help you improve in ways that are more important to you.
- Build up in the physical ability to achieve your goals.
- Skills to help improve your quality of life and maximise independence.
- How to deal with the pain that can change and fluctuate
Living with chronic pain can:
- Influence emotions and thoughts.
- Impact mood and stress.
- Reduce participation in enjoyable activities.
- Create barriers between you and your goals.
- Impact your relationships and work.
Many people with chronic pain also report symptoms of:
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Agitation and Anger.
- Sleep disturbance.
Our psychologist can help you with:
- Skills to better manage your mood, mental health, and stress.
- Psychological strategies to help reduce the impact of pain on your life.
- Improving sleep and healthy pain management behaviours.
- Reducing avoidance of activities, and re-engage rewardingly with your life.