Pain Management involves a team approach to a patient in pain. At MacRehab we have a dedicated team of professionals whose aim is to minimise an individual’s pain and maximise their level of activity.
What is done by the multi-disciplinary team at MacRehab?
- Assess the individual’s needs
- Define the pain
- Determine the cause
- Review past and current therapies
- Outline a plan of action that includes
- patient education
- adjustment of current therapies
- physical reconditioning
- psychological support
In cases of chronic pain, even when a physical cause is removed, the pain may remain. For example, in the case of long-standing “slipped”/prolapsed disc between segments of the backbone, surgical correction may not always get rid of the pain. The perception of pain has become a constant. This is called “wind up” and it occurs at the level of the spinal cord.
To calm this kind of pain requires a dampening down of the memory for pain. To do this, it is necessary to keep a constant lid on the pain messages. At the same time, it is important to get active. Appropriate activities such as aqua-physiotherapy and gentle exercise are a necessary part of the rehabilitation program for patients with pain.
The Goals of Pain Management
- Simplification and minimisation of medications;
- Help the patient and their significant others to understand their pain in the context of their life, e.g. exacerbating factors;
- Increase mobilisation and functional ability.
The MacRehab Pain Management Program
MacRehab provides a patient centred, multidisciplinary team approach to Pain Management. We focus on integrating the assessment and treatment of both chronic and acute pain. Once assessed, an individual treatment program is designed to suit the patient’s needs. We understand that everyone’s pain experience is personal and unique. We work with each individual patient to achieve the above goals.
MacRehab can help patients manage their pain whether it is:
- acute pain (intense, but of relatively short duration), or
- chronic pain (that has lasted for months).
Our team works closely under the direction of the Rehabilitation Specialist (a Fellow of the Australian Facility of Rehabilitation Medicine or equivalent), in collaboration with you, your GP or Specialist to achieve a holistic assessment and integrated treatment regime dedicated to minimising the effect of disability. Our multi-disciplinary team works with our patients to help them regain independence and resume their day to day life.