Chronic Pain Management
Chronic Pain Syndrome is a medical condition which encompasses pain (persisting beyond 6 months) and often associated with loss of function (disability) and mood disorders (anxieties, depression and loss of confidence). Chronic Pain Syndrome can lead to disturbed sleep, chronic fatigue and poor energy levels and the inability to fulfil our roles in our families and society. Often Chronic Pain Syndrome leads to disrupted and strained relationships.
The treatment to Chronic Pain Syndrome is often “biopsychosocial” in approach and can include:
1) Medical review
3) Therapy – physio therapy and physical modalities
4) Re-conditioning of the body (regaining fitness, strength and flexibility)
6) Energy Conservation
7) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT
8) Ergonomics and Correction of Disordered Biomechanics
What is pain?
Pain occurs when something hurts, causing an uncomfortable or unpleasant feeling. The presence of pain often means that something is wrong. The best judge of your pain is you.
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Acute pain usually comes on suddenly and is caused by something specific. It is sharp in quality. Acute pain usually doesn’t last longer than six months. It goes away when there is no longer an underlying cause for the pain. Causes of acute pain can include:
- Broken bones
- Dental work
- Burns or cuts
- Labor and childbirth
After acute pain goes away, you can go on with life as usual.
Chronic pain is pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months or years. Some people suffer chronic pain even when there is no past injury or apparent body damage. Chronic pain is linked to conditions that include:
- Nerve pain
- Back pain
If you have chronic pain, the stress affects the body, producing physical conditions like:
- Tense muscles
- Limited ability to move around
- A lack of energy
- Changes in appetite
Chronic pain also causes emotional effects, including:
- Fear of re-injury. (This fear could limit your ability to return to work or leisure activities. We will
- work with you to find safe and effective pain relief.)
4 Helpful Things to note for your first visit:
1) Come with all the medications (including painkillers) that you are on presently
2) Bring along your medical records and XRays with reports
3) You are encouraged to come with a supportive family member or close friend who may contribute to deeper understanding of your chronic pain issues
4) Come dressed comfortably such that a physical examination could be facilitated for the body region with affected
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