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Chronic pain is a disease of the central nervous system which usually persists for longer than 12 weeks. Pain is regarded as chronic when it lasts or recurs for more than 3 to 6 months and causes significant emotional distress or significant functional disability on a daily basis. Untreated chronic pain can result in anxiety and depression, creating a difficult cycle to break if left untreated. 

Different injections can be given to diagnose the source of, and relieve, pain. Options available at The McIndoe Centre are listed below and your surgeon will discuss which is best for you.

If you suffer distress and discomfort caused by the following conditions, it is recommended that you seek the advice of a pain management specialist.

  • Joint Pain
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Post Traumatic Pain Syndrome
  • Muscle Pain
  • Bone Pain
  • Post-Surgical Pain
  • Chronic Head, Neck and Facial Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Injections can be an effective form of pain management and may help avoid surgery.

  • Epidural Injections – these are made into the spine to ease pain in your lower back and legs
  • Occipital Nerve Injections – these are made into the back of the head just above the neck to ease chronic head pain
  • Facet Joint Injections – these are made into the back of the spine to ease pain to the facet joints
  • Trigger Point Injections – trigger points are painful knots or tight bands in the muscle. An injection is made into the problem area
  • Caudal Injections – these are made into the base of the spine
  • Denervations – a procedure that aims to change the way the pain is transmitted from the affected area to the brain
  • Radiofrequency – a procedure used to treat lower back pain caused by facet joint or sacroiliac joint problems. 

The best way to be referred to a pain management specialist is through your primary care physician. Most pain physicians work closely with their patient’s primary care physician to ensure good communication, which in turn helps to provide the optimum treatment. If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our pain specialists, please call the Helpline on 0800 917 4922 who will be able to assist you further. 

A pain management specialist is a physician with special training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of different types of pain. Since many types of chronic pain require a complex treatment plan, as well as specialised interventional techniques, it is essential that you find a specialist with the appropriate training and experience. The accepted standard for pain management training today is a fellowship in pain management. This is denoted by the letters FFPM (Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine) after the doctor’s name.

  • Lessen the severity of the pain
  • Overcome social isolation
  • End sleep deprivation
  • Alleviate stress and discomfort
  • Enjoy freedom again

You can usually return to normal daily activities the day after the injection, but you should avoid higher intensity activities and sport for around two weeks. 

There can be some risks with the procedures listed. At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything we can to minimise the risk of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible complications before you decide to go ahead with injections for the management of pain.

Everyone's treatment plant is tailored to their own individual needs. For more information, we would be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. You can call the Helpline for free and professional advice on 0800 917 4922.

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