Our team of clinicians can help you to regain 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
- Multidisciplinary assessment of your treatment needs
- Coordinated case reviews with your team of clinicians.
- Development of tailored treatment plans
- Pain management group programs
- We accept referrals from GPs, medical specialists, rehabilitation providers, 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,
- counselling patients and families,
- co-operating with other healthcare professionals
- Education of the patient about their diagnosis and pain management plan.
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 impact of pain on your life
- Improving sleep and healthy pain management behaviours
- Reducing avoidance of activities, and re-engage rewardingly with your life.
Our physiotherapists have special training and experience in working with people with persistent pain.
Chronic 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 do what you want and need to do.
What we provide:
- A detailed assessment
- A treatment plan designed specifically for you. You will learn skills which help you improve your quality of life, be active in the ways important to you, and become more independent.
Treatment may include:
- Education about pain
- Ways to be active. How to do it smarter.
- Brain exercises.
- Exercises & stretches to improve –
- Strength and fitness
- Your ability to do what you want
- The co-ordination of your muscles for better support and movement.
- Plans to deal with pain flare ups.
Exercise and building up activity are often necessary to achieve your goals. Doing too much, too quickly is not helpful. You will learn how to start gently, and build slowly so that you GET to where you want to go.
By the time most patients arrive at a Pain Clinic, they have seen numerous practitioners over many years and have experienced many disappointments. They are usually physically deconditioned and are frequently depressed or anxious. Often a detailed multi-disciplinary assessment is the best way forward. This assessment will cover the pain condition and its current impact, as well as detail past treatments and their consequences.
The multidisciplinary assessment takes up to four hours and involves separate consultations by the Pain Specialist, Physiotherapist and Psychologist on the same day. The team then reviews their findings together, develops a management plan and discusses this in collaboration with the patient. There is potential to include the General Practitioner in the discussions by teleconferencing.
Following the assessment, the Pain Specialist will oversee the individualized tailored treatment plan. The treatment may vary from a change in medication or a procedure/series of procedures, individual physiotherapy and/or psychology or participation in our group programme. Ongoing input from all members of the team is often required
Federal Street Pain Clinic will offer a group program commencing in 2017. This program will run for 8 weeks, one day per week. It will provide coordinated physiotherapy, psychological and medical input with practice, encouragement and monitoring as well as the benefits of mutual support from other patients with chronic pain. Group programs are shown to be effective for people with chronic pain; careful assessment ensures that the program is appropriate for the individual patient and that they are ready to engage.