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Pain Management

Community Pain Management

Many people suffer from persistent or chronic pain, lasting for more than three to six months. It normally occurs after an injury, when the healing process has normally finished or as part of a long-term painful condition. It can have a significant impact on quality of life, limiting activities and confidence over time, especially if the level of pain increases. When medication and rest alone do not resolve the pain, there is a need to learn to manage the pain by other means. 

Manage and cope with pain by:

  • Improving your fitness, mobility and posture;
  • Providing advice about activities
  • Challenging unhelpful beliefs and improving your mood and confidence.
  • Using a variety of non-drug measures to cope with pain
  • Improving your ability to deal with stress
  • Reducing the effects of pain on the family
  • Teaching relaxation strategies
  • Exploring strategies to improve quality of sleep
  • Providing advice on how to cope with flare ups

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital