Pain is a common symptom that can be labelled as either acute or chronic. Acute pain is usually the result of a recent injury, surgery or an escalation of an existing condition. Chronic pain can arise from things like nerve injuries and can be much more debilitating.
If you’re living with pain, whether it’s short or long term, our aim is to not only reduce what you’re experiencing but to help you better understand your pain. We look at ways to manage it rather than seeing it as something that needs to be surgically or medically fixed.
In some cases, surgery is required, and medicine can be a great short term solution. However, helping our patients manage pain mentally can be more effective. How do we do it? By looking at a person’s situation, not just their injury or condition. For example, a work injury can lead to stress, which can lead to insomnia, which can enhance the pain.
The key to successful pain management is early intervention. By helping our patients deal with pain when it first appears, whether through medication or flagging things with GPs and surgeons, as well as by educating them on what’s normal, we can nip it in the bud.
One thing we know for sure is that if we don’t move, our pain gets worse. That’s why we encourage people to keep moving but to take things slowly.