Dr. Nick Christelis recently attended the 13th World Congress on Neuromodulation
As pain specialist physicians, we see it all and treat it all! That’s what we’ve been trained to do. Early diagnosis, means early treatment. Early treatment means early pain control. Early pain control means early reduction in suffering. Here are a few tips and tricks in managing 10 of the commonest pain conditions we treat.
As a GP seeing potentially hundreds of patients per week, no doubt you regularly work with people who experience persisting pain – approximately 1 in 5 Australians do.You want to help your patients but you also understand that the efficacy of prescribing pain medications for someone long-term has its limitations.
Chronic pain is not just pain. When pain persists and becomes chronic it places a huge burden on the patient, their family and loved ones as well as the health care services and the wider community.
This blog presents some statistics that have helped us understand the magnitude of this burden as well as looking at the biggest causes of chronic pain and their treatment approaches.
If you’ve read about chronic pain or are experiencing it, you will be aware that chronic pain is a complex beast, with multiple heads. You may also be aware, that there is generally no single treatment that will dissolve the chronic pain away.
That’s not to say the pain can’t be managed. The key to good pain management is: the right treatment, at the right time, delivered by the right team of experts.
OK, so you’ve got this relentless, persistent, pain that no one seems to know how to deal with and you might have even been told to live with it. And you say something along these lines:,“Is that it for me? This pain is draining and exhausting. This nerve pain is excruciating. In today’s modern times, surely there are options to manage my pain?”
The answer is yes, there are options for pain management.
Chronic Pain impacts every area of your life. It is a devastating emotional, physical, and cognitive (thinking) experience. Pain can shatter both your body and mind. Would you try something, to help manage your pain, that only takes a few minutes of your day? If you’re keen, then mindfulness is the go. Read on; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!