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Common Questions

What is the definition of pain?

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. It is a signal that something is wrong in the body and requires attention. Pain can be acute, which is a short-term type of pain that occurs suddenly and usually goes away quickly, or it can be chronic, which is a long-term type of pain that persists for months or even years. Chronic pain is often more difficult to manage and can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.

What is the role of a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician in managing chronic pain?

Specialist Pain Medicine Physicians are medical doctors who have completed a dual speciality. They specialise in diagnosing and treating a range of pain conditions. They work with patients to identify the cause of their pain and develop treatment plans that may include medications, interventional procedures, and other therapies.

What treatments are available for chronic pain?

Treatment for chronic pain usually includes a combination of approaches, such as medications, interventional procedures, clinical exercise therapy, and psychological therapies. The most appropriate treatment will depend on the individual person’s needs and goals.

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How can I manage my chronic pain on a daily basis?

There are several strategies that can help individuals manage their chronic pain on a daily basis, including:

  • Staying active and participating in regular exercise and physical activity.
  • Practising stress management techniques, such as relaxation techniques or mindfulness.
  • Seeking support from friends and loved ones.
  • Participating in physical therapy or other rehabilitation programs.
  • Seeking help from a psychologist or other mental health professional if feelings, depression or anxiety are impacting daily life.
Can chronic pain be cured?

It is not always possible to completely cure chronic pain, as the underlying cause of the pain may not always be able to be treated or resolved. However, chronic pain can often be managed effectively through a combination of treatments, such as medications, interventional procedures, exercise therapy, and psychological therapies, which can help reduce pain and improve overall quality of life.

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is a healthcare professional who has completed a university degree in exercise physiology and has been accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Exercise Physiologists are trained to design and deliver safe and effective exercise programs for individuals of all ages and abilities, with a focus on improving health, fitness, and overall well-being. They are qualified to work with people who have chronic medical conditions, injuries, or disabilities, and can provide education, counselling, and support to help clients achieve their health goals.

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

A Clinical Psychologist is a healthcare professional who is trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions using evidence-based therapies. Clinical Psychologists have completed a postgraduate degree in psychology and have gained further specialised training and experience in clinical psychology. They are qualified to work with people of all ages who are experiencing mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. Clinical Psychologists use a range of therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy, to help clients improve their mental health and well-being.

Is it normal to feel depressed or anxious when living with chronic pain?

It is common for individuals with chronic pain to experience feelings of depression or anxiety, as chronic pain can be physically and emotionally challenging. If you are experiencing these feelings, it is important to seek help from a healthcare provider or mental health professional. There are many effective treatments available for depression and anxiety, and addressing these issues can help improve overall quality of life for individuals with chronic pain.

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