Pain management specialises in the management and treatment of both chronic and acute pain. The persistence of chronic pain can become a major obstacle in trying to live a normal life, both physically and emotionally.
Acute pain is something we all experience when we injure ourselves or suffer some form of trauma, such as an operation. It is also our bodies’ way of warning us when an underlying disease process may be developing, prompting us to seek help. In the vast majority of people, pain settles down as the body’s healing processes take effect or when a disease is brought under control. However, in some individuals the pain persists beyond the usual or expected time; pain that persists for over three to six months is defined as chronic pain.
We are committed to relieving pain and management symptoms. using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment our consultant pain specialists will analyse your individual condition and needs, with the aim of devising a comprehensive, holistic and individually tailored pain management plan.
We offer outpatient clinics with specialist consultants in pain management, aimed at reducing the pain, addressing the emotional impact of the pain and increasing mobility, activity and overall well-being. We provide a variety of therapies and drugs including epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, facet joint blocks, conventional (CRF) or pulsed (PRF) radiofrequency, Sympathetic Ganglion Block, Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS), spinal cord stimulation, physiotherapy and psychological therapy.
Our consultants specialise in:
- Joint, tendon or muscle pain (arthritis, tendonitis and myalgia)
- Nerve injury (pins and needles, burning pain and shooting pains)
- Back and neck pain – maybe from facet joint disease, disc disease, slipped disc or osteoarthritis of the spine
- Disc disease – leading to back ache and nerve root pain (often called “sciatica” if it is affecting the leg)
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Headaches – maybe from cervical skeletal problems or damaged nerves
- Chest wall pain
- Shoulder pain – when surgery has failed to help
- Knee pain – when surgery has failed to help
- Complex regional pain syndrome (also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or causalgia) – causing swelling, discolouration and stiffness of a limb
- Abdominal pain – from chronic pancreatitis or following surgery such as gall bladder removal
- Pelvic pain – when gynaecological or surgical intervention has failed to help
- Fibromyalgia (chronic widespread pain syndrome)
- Myofascial pain syndrome
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