Introduction to pain management

‘Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage’
- International Association for the Study of Pain

Long term pain can also be referred to as persistent or chronic pain. It is usually defined as pain that persists beyond 3 months or after healing is complete.

Chronic pain can significantly impact the physical, social and psychological well-being of a person. Prolonged pain could lead to disability which may affect independence and quality of life.

Physiotherapy optimises a person’s healing at every stage of the rehabilitative process.

Evidence suggests that patients with chronic pain can benefit from education, empowerment and exercise. Physiotherapy contributes towards the non-pharmacological approach to pain management which forms part of integrative medicine.

Physiotherapy’s wide of scope of practice guides people with long-term pain to best possible quality of life as part of a multimodal bio-psychosocial approach to health and wellbeing.

Chronic pain conditions which physiotherapy can assist with

  • Fibromyalgia, Polymyalgia
  • Arthritis 
  • Temporomandibular pain (TMJ)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Post cancer fatigue
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Back, neck or pelvic pain
  • Sporting injuries

Available treatments

The London Clinic’s Physiotherapy Department offer the following modalities for treating pain:

Main switchboard: +44 (0) 207 935 4444

Treatment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7693Consultant appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7693 Prices for self funding patients: +44 (0) 203 219 3315Physiotherapy appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7651X-ray and scan appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7653Invoice and payment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7708

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