Pain lasting more than a few months is chronic pain and it requires specialist support. When we experience pain after an injury or illness, we expect the pain to stop once healing has occurred however, this does not happen with chronic pain. Medical treatments to relieve chronic pain are less likely to help.
The experience of chronic pain can affect all parts of your life, as over time other problems often develop. For example, there may be work problems, difficulties within the family, or stopping social and leisure activities. There may also be sleep problems, depression, anxiety, or using alcohol or drugs to cope.
Over a relatively short period of time your body can also change due to chronic pain, such as muscles become tighter and weaker, or you may avoid certain movements that cause pain. All these issues can make the problem bigger than just the pain itself.
The Innervate Pain Management team are experienced, and their commitment to helping people with chronic pain is second to none. We know how to help someone struggling with chronic pain, and we work with you to help get your life back.
Some goals that our patients achieve include:
A referral to a psychologist for help with a pain problem can seem a bit unusual at first. Many people’s initial reaction is: “Psychologists deal with mental problems. My pain is a physical problem. Does this mean the doctor thinks it’s all in my mind?”.
Psychologists work in two areas with people with chronic pain. First, pain affects people and their life and they may develop depression, insomnia, anxiety, pain attacks, drug or alcohol problems, relationship conflict. Psychologists can help you manage these. Second, psychologists can assist people learn effective coping skills, such as relaxation and meditation, pacing, and dealing with flare-ups.
A psychologist is tertiary qualified and they specialise in the assessment and treatment of a range of difficulties. Innervate Pain Management psychologists are experts in health and injury related psychological concerns.
Psychologists do not prescribe medication or carry out physical examinations.
We know that everyone experiences tough times. We also know that talking things through with a trusted professional can help you to think differently and also enable you to take action, both of which promote a positive influence on your happiness and well-being. We understand that everyone has different needs, so at Innervate we help you to develop a unique solution to your particular situation. We know change is sometimes difficult, but we also know that people can do it, because we are privileged to see people make amazing life changes every day.