Various treatment modes help to relieve persisting pain. While occasionally one single method may be sufficient for a while, in most cases parallel or serial combinations of treatments are needed to make a longer lasting difference.

Treatment modes for relieving pain are

  1. - Medicines, also called analgesics or pain killers

  2. - Physical treatments, for example Physiotherapy, Massage, Chiropractor or Osteopath

  3. - Psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or - Analytical Therapy (CAT)

  4. - Neurostimulation methods (TENS, TSE, PENS)

  5. - Acupuncture

  6. - Injection treatments, such as nerve blocks, joint injections, muscular injections, RF ablations

  7. - Surgical procedures such as joint replacements, spinal surgery etc

A plan with a tailored combination of suitable treatments will be agreed at your consultation forms.

Treatment plan

An example of a treatment plan would be to start by reducing pain through analgesics and/or injections. This can help to return to a less interrupted sleep, to recharge your batteries at night and to give a sense of being able to control pain  - at least for a while. You will then be able to proceed to rehabilitation physiotherapy (or do your own exercises more effectively), restoring mobility and other body functions. A further step is to restore social activities and work if restricted by pain.

Anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration and worries can contribute to long-term pain and disability. Sometimes, individually tailored education, explanation, reassurance helps to overcome these barriers: understanding your diagnosis, your body function, what you can do to help a gradual recovery and how to better deal with emotional stress and tension. If these emotional changes have become entrenched, the additional help of a specialised Psychologist should be considered.

Treatments for chronic pain

The information given on this website is meant to support a medical pain specialist appointment. It should not be taken as stand-alone universal advice and may be incomplete or unsuitable for your specific circumstances. It cannot replace medical assessment and advice, and should not be used as such. The website is operated from the UK and meant for UK residents.

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