Camden Pain Service (CPS) is made up of specialists within the fields of medicine, physiotherapy, psychology, nursing and exercise therapy. We work closely together as a group of professionals who meet on a regular basis and ensure that each patient is supported as best as possible. We know it is not always possible to cure pain but the CPS team will help you find ways to manage your life with pain and do more of what matters to you.
What to expect
The first step is to have a consultation with a specialist medical doctor or advanced physiotherapy practitioner (APP). They will review any test results you have but the focus will be on asking questions about your experience of pain to help you understand it better. Following your assessment, we may offer appointments with different members of the team to help you find new ways of managing pain.
This might involve one or more of the following:
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 will focus on helping you understand your condition and become confident to self-manage your pain.
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: To review and discuss your current pain medication.
Pain Consultant: To discuss interventions, medication and overall care.
Exercise Therapist: To help support you with exercise and fitness despite pain.
TENS: Appointments to find out more about the use of TENS machines in pain management.
Pain Management Programme (PMP): A group run by both a physiotherapist and a psychologist where you can learn skills to self-manage pain and meet other people living with pain.
Exercise Classes: to improve fitness, strength and confidence with movement. This can help prevent disability from pain and improve functional ability.
Camden Pain Service provides care for the whole person, focusing on a number of Pillars of Pain Management:
Pain Concern: Information and resources, including podcasts, to help understand and manage pain.
Pain Tool Kit: Links, resources and online support to help understand and manage persistent pain
Better Movement: Links to blogs, podcasts and articles related to living well with pain
My Cuppa Jo: Science and stories to bridge the gap between patients and health professionals
Living Well with Pain: Created by someone suffering from persistent pain to help others understand and live well with pain.
Live Well with Pain: Footsteps
Patient Pain: CamPain