Chronic pain is subjective, which makes the diagnosis quite complex. To evaluate the pain, a comprehensive assessment is performed by an experienced mental health professional using tests and questionnaires. In the case of neuropathic pain, a specialist completes other nervous system complementary examinations and tests to reach a comprehensive and clear diagnosis, so a treatment plan can be organised.
When treating chronic pain, the goal is to reduce pain and improve function so people can resume their everyday life activities. Some treatments are more effective than others, however, it is essential to remember that chronic pain can only be managed. A multidisciplinary procedure is established that combine medication for psychological support and psychological exercises to treat pain and depression together.
Common chronic pain treatment
- Electrical stimulation
- Nerve blocks
- Chronic pain treatment (less invasive)
- Relaxation therapies
- Behaviour modification procedure
- These methods can be effective and powerful for some people
- Tai chi
- Massage therapies
Chronic pain treatment (self-management program)
- Engaging in problem-solving
- Taking actions to manage pain
In self-management programs, with the assistance of the support team, the individual becomes an active participant in the pain treatment. The person living with pain needs help learning to think, feel, and do better, despite the persistence of pain. Self-management programs have reduced many barriers to effective pain management, regardless of the underlying conditions. Individuals who participate in these programs have significantly increased their ability to cope with pain. They improve their ability to be active, healthy and involved members of their communities.
As a rehabilitation counsellor and Pilates instructor, I teach patients active strategies to better manage their pain and hence improve their physical, vocational and psychological function. Typically, program participants are subjectively happier, are less dependent on healthcare services, less reliant on medications and are able to return to work.
Program duration: usually 6 to 12 sessions (tailored to individual depending on their circumstances)
Pain management intervention improve your quality of life, your work and personal relationships. As injured worker, it will help you to address pain-related barriers and improve your ability to return to work.
If you can relate to any of these issues, would like to book an appointment or have any question, please feel free to contact Plaisance Counselling.
Ph: 0414 991 194
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