Pain is a common and complex condition with many different factors affecting an individual’s experience. There are things you can do to help manage your pain and minimise flare ups. For tips on self-management of pain click here.
Anyone concerned about pain that has lasted beyond the expected time for healing should consult their doctor, or refer to our Pain Directory to seek a pain service.
There may be specific treatment in relation to your particular condition however, this is something you will need to discuss with your doctor or health professional.Recent research shows that there are many ways to reduce the over-protectiveness or sensitisation of the nervous system which in turn can reduce pain intensity.
Addressing emotions is an important aspect of managing pain. Many people are unaware that multidisciplinary pain management is the most effective way to manage ongoing chronic pain. Studies have shown people who take this approach have less disability, feel less pain and have better quality of life. To find out more click here.
There are public and private pain clinics and services where you can access support from pain specialists and other health professionals trained in pain management. You may need a referral from your GP. For a directory of clinics and services in Australia click here.
There are two ways you can access specialised pain support outside major cities. First, you can access specialist support through Telehealth. This will involve a specialist consultation by video conference during an appointment with your GP. Second, you can access specialised care as well as a multidisciplinary pain management education by taking courses online. There is minimal or no cost for these online programs. To find out more click here.
There are many different support groups for people with pain. There are face-to-face groups in Australia that meet regularly as well as online groups and telephone support. To find out more click here.
Chronic pain is commonly associated with depression and feelings of anxiety. It is important to get the right care to manage your mental health. A psychologist with training in pain management can help. To find out more read this Beyond Blue fact sheet and if you need help urgently please contact Lifeline for 24/7 phone support 13 11 14.