Chronic pain is often a complicated condition and requires a team-based approach. At Inner West Pain Centre our team members are involved in your care from the beginning to the end. This will most likely involve an initial assessment and treatment with different clinicians in order to bring about the best outcome from you.
From the outset we will work with you to identify your goals for treatment, and work with you to achieve them. We see our patients as the centre of the treatment team, and everything occurs with this in mind.
Pain management involves finding effective ways to manage chronic pain. While you are with us we will give you all our professional skills and knowledge, and all the support we can. However, there will also be an important part that involves you. We will ask you to work on things regularly, such as through physiotherapy or exercise programmes. We may ask you to attend things like our pain management programme, or to see one of our clinical psychologists, even if even you are unsure how they can help. This involves a degree of openness to new things, but rest assured everything we do is tried and tested and supported by strong research evidence.
Often when we first meet people they have had pain for some time. Sometimes we are able to offer a quick solution, but often it take time, working with the team, to overcome pain. Recognising this in an important step in embarking on a new pathway to overcoming pain.