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