Chronic pain has a multitude of causes and can be felt anywhere from smaller, isolated parts of the body all the way up to a diffuse pain felt almost everywhere. Even if the pain is localised, it is commonly felt in a number of locations. For example pain from wear and tear in the back will have a knock on affect often on the hips and knees.
Examples of some of the more common pain conditions treated are discussed below.
Chronic pain often doesn’t have a cure. One of the biggest causes of chronic pain for instance is the wear and tear associated with a busy and active life. So, setting realistic goals to manage this pain and optimise your quality of life is vital from the outset.
In most cases a number of different strategies from the list below will be considered.
At assessment discuss with your pain specialist where you feel the pain and how the pain affects you. Then we can jointly create treatment options unique to your experience. It may be for instance worth treating the less severe pain first if it can get you moving a bit more freely before moving on to the more severe problem.
In addition, it is impossible to underestimate how much chronic pain affects us on all levels so it is best to maintain an open mind to management options.