Aim Of The Pain Management Program:
Use a number of practical techniques and psychological strategies to enable a person with on-going pain to maintain physical performance, optimize day today function and reduce distress and suffering.
• Improve the fitness, mobility and posture; counteract the effects of disuse
• Counteract unhelpful beliefs and improve mood and confidence
• Avoid adverse drug effects
• Improve stress management
What is the whiplash motion?
The whiplash motion starts at the time of impact, with the head being thrown backwards whilst the body goes forwards. This movement is known as hyperextension because the muscles and ligaments of the joint get excessively straightened, often suffering damage.
The head may then get thrown forwards, typically if brakes have been applied harshly or the car has come to a sudden stop against another vehicle. This forwards movement is called hyperflexion and the neck joint over-bends, sometimes causing the chin to touch the chest. This can cause further damage to the neck.
We use the latest analgesics (pain-killers) and anti-inflammatory medications, often in combination, to achieve the best pain relief with minimal adverse effects.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Highly effective for pain where there is an inflammatory component.
Adverse effects may include gastrointestinal irritation, bleeding and kidney problems. Adverse effects can be minimized by taking the medication after food and using it for short periods. NSAIDs are contra-indicated (not appropriate) for use by asthmatics.
COX 2 (Cyclo-Oxygenase) Inhibitors
This is a newer group of anti-inflammatory medication, similar to NSAIDs and is highly effective for pain where there is an inflammatory component.
Adverse effects similar to NSAIDs, but less problems with gastrointestinal irritation.
These are Analgesics used in mild to moderate pain. Adverse effects may include tiredness and constipation.
These are Analgesics used in the management of moderate to severe pain. They are Morphine-like drugs.
Adverse effects may include nausea, tiredness and constipation.
Available in different preparations including tablets, liquids and skin patches.
Anti-Neuropathic Pain Medications
There are a number of different medications used in the management of neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is pain where there is damage and / or dysfunction of the nervous system.
Adverse effects may include dizziness, dry mouth and tiredness.
All patients of the Pain Management Program are given an Initial Clinical Assessment.
The Assessment begins with a thorough Medical History, concentrating on the characteristics of the pain- site, character, duration, radiation, aggravating, relieving, associated factors. We also record Pain Scores to monitor treatment progress.
A targeted Clinical Examination of the affected areas is performed and any necessary diagnostic tests are ordered.
Individual Treatment Plan
All patients are given an Individual Treatment Plan. We remain receptive and responsive to our patients’ requirements and wishes, providing a personal approach to care.
Patients Are Treated As Active Participants, Not Passive Recipients
We take a multidisciplinary approach to the management of pain and use the latest techniques in conjunction with evidence-based medicine protocols.