If chronic pain becomes entrenched and has proved resistant to treatment, thoughts necessarily turn to the long term management of the condition. The focus then turns away from treatment and instead to ways of improving function and mood and the management of expectations.
Whilst chronic pain management programmes may be directed by a consultant in pain medicine, a multi-disciplinary approach is often adopted, with input from, but not limited to, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
Whilst not curative, multi-disciplinary pain management programmes do have an excellent track record of helping people adapt to living with their chronic pain.
A few pain management programmes are residential, often taking place intensively over a three or four week period. The intensity of these programmes and the requirement for attendees to focus entirely upon themselves and their condition, often results in far higher success rates than equivalent non-residential programmes. We have been extremely successful in arranging funding for clients to attend residential programmes.