Multidisciplinary (or interdisciplinary) pain management embraces a combination of medical, physical and psychological therapies and is the most effective way to improve function and mood, and reduce disability.
It also known as a bio-psycho-social approach because it aims to address all the factors that influence the pain experience.
Multidisciplinary pain management involves a team of health professionals who will comprehensively assess your condition and work with you to achieve your goals—such as being able to return to work, or just being able to walk the dog—using a range of treatments and strategies.
Some but not all treatments may be eligible for a rebate through Medicare or your private health insurer.
In multidisciplinary pain management your team of health professionals offer support and treatment, but you are required to take responsibility for your health and wellbeing on a day-to-day basis. Self-managing chronic pain includes tailored exercise, relaxation and pacing daily activities. Evidence shows that patients who embrace active self-management strategies achieve better outcomes than those who rely on passive strategies like medication.
Your doctor can help develop a pain plan and coordinate your team-based treatment. The Federal Government’s My Health Record can also be useful for people who require a team approach to their care.