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Pain management

Our pain management service team of consultants, specialised nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists provide assessment and treatment for both acute and chronic pain sufferers. Chronic pain generally means pain that does not respond to the usual forms of medical management, that is, it does not go away.

We treat patients suffering pain after surgery, following an injury, through cancer, those with chronic back pain and neuropathic pain. Other problems can include post herpetic neuralgia caused by shingles or chicken pox virus and some patients are referred directly by their GP (doctor) often with back pain or sciatica problems.

There are a number of ways to treat pain and help improve patients’ quality of life. These include:

  • Day case - patients attend morning clinics for injections to control their pain. Treatments include patient controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) for acute pain and nerve injections to block pain.
  • Modular programmes - helps to teach patients to live with pain, including medication changes, acupuncture and relaxation to help patients cope better.
  • Pain physiotherapy - concentrates on therapy assessments, using specific exercises which can help to improve posture and reduce chronic pain.
  • Complementary therapies – such as acupuncture and use of a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine that blocks pain messages.  
Links to useful websites:

Pain Relief Foundation - information on controlling pain in a range of conditions

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) for chronic pain in adults - East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group policy