Chronic Pain Management
1 in 5 Australians aged over 45 years are living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting beyond normal healing time generally 3 – 6 months. Unlike acute pain that has a definitive cause and resolution chronic pain is a common and complex condition. For most people chronic pain will be managed through medication under the supervision of their practicing GP.
Physiotherapy can play an important role to understanding and treating chronic pain. With developments in pain science physiotherapists are upskilling in the area of chronic pain concentrating on a biopsychosocial approach to pain management reducing the need for medications and improving quality of life for the pain sufferer.
We now know pain is influenced by a variety of factors including exercise, diet, everyday stressors, context and understanding of pain. Chronic pain is a complex condition and techniques we use take time to implement and dedication by the individual to get the best results possible.
Each person knows their pain the best, we want to be able to help guide you through your pain journey and back into a life that you can enjoy. Book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists today and start your pain journey.
Do I need a referral?
No referral is needed if you are receiving treatment as a private patient.
A referral is required if your assessment and treatment is funded by NDIS, DVA or Medicare.
How long is an assessment?
Assessment length can vary. Clients presenting for chronic pain management initial assessment will be 45 mins with subsequent appointments 30 mins.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring any relevant medical documentation including imaging, specialist reports, medication lists or any other information that you deem relevant to your current complaint.
If the appointment is being paid by a third party eg NDIS please bring appropriate documentation including referral, claim number, insurance details.
Private health card and Medicare card for on the spot claiming.
What is a biopsychosocial approach?
A biopsychosocial model is made up of three components. Firstly, the biological component is the biology that underpins the pain response including physical health, genetic makeup and any medication related effects. Second, the psychological component of pain, this includes your thoughts, emotions, behaviours and stressors. Finally, the social component, which relates to family environment, work or school environment, socioeconomic status and culture. This is not a comprehensive list of every component involved in the biopsychosocial model however gives you an indication of the various factors that may affect your pain response.