What is persistent pain?
Chronic or persistent pain refers to pain that lasts for more than 3 months, despite medication or treatment. Unlike acute pain, which serves as a warning sign of injury or illness, chronic pain persists after the initial cause has healed. Sometimes, pain can manifest without any history of an injury or operation.
Chronic/persistent pain can significantly impact your life, both physically and emotionally. It can:
- Limit your ability to perform daily activities
- Interfere with sleep
- Lead to fatigue
- Affect mood and mental health wellbeing
- Strain relationships
What is the Pain Management Service?
The remote service provides easy, direct access to experienced professionals who are specifically trained in pain management.
This service is appropriate for patients over the age of 16 presenting with pain that has persisted for 6 months or more.
The programme aims to:
- Support you with specialist Pain Practitioners and personal Health & Wellbeing Coaches
- Help you understand how chronic pain develops and persists
- Show you ways to manage your pain
- Support your independence
- Improve your quality of life
- Help find the best medicines for your pain
Patients are offered a 16-week programme where they can explore a range of modules and tools to help manage their own pain. This service is not suitable for patients awaiting investigation or treatment for their pain, or patients experiencing complex mental health issues.
LINK TO INTRODUCTORY VIDEO: https://youtu.be/ehtw-d9W7m4
How do I access this service?
Abbey Medical practice, Bredon Hill Surgery, Demontfort Medical Centre, Grey Gable Surgery, Merstow Green Medical Practice, New Barn Close and Riverside Surgery have access to the Pain Management Service. Please speak to your practice or GP for more information.