Persistent pain (also sometimes called chronic pain) refers to pain that lasts beyond 3-6 months. Often persistent pain does not resolve with physical or medical treatment. Therefore, other approaches such as Pain Management Programmes can be useful in helping people to move towards living the life that they would like with pain.
Pain management physiotherapy. This will be different from traditional physiotherapy and will look at your day to day function and pain management strategies. It does not involve passive therapy such as massage or acupuncture, but instead focuses on active approaches to rehabilitation and building confidence to self-manage long term pain.
Individual clinical psychology. This can help you change your relationship with pain so that it has less impact on your life and you can return to doing the things that are important to you. It can also help you to cope with the emotional impact of living with pain.
Medication review and support to manage medication with a specialist nurse.
Pain Consultant review to discuss interventions, medication and overall care.
A group based “pain management programme” run by both a physiotherapist and a clinical psychologist where you can learn skills to self-manage pain and meet other people living with pain.
All members of the chronic pain team meet on a weekly basis to help co-ordinate your care and ensure a joined up approach.
You can self-refer into community physiotherapy services. Simply call 0207 871 0545 to make an appointment. Your initial contact with one of our chartered physiotherapists may be over the phone, where you will either be given advice on appropriate treatment, or a face-to-face consultation will be arranged.
Should you wish to speak to your GP first, simply make an appointment with your local practice. If your GP refers you, one of our patient care advisers will contact you within 48 hours to arrange an appointment.