One in five Australians live with chronic pain, rising to one in three aged over 65, which translates to millions of people living with pain every day.
Most of us understand that pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert us to possible injury or disease. Without it, we would not know when something is wrong.
But when persistent pain interferes with your sleep, work, relationships, recreation and levels of everyday activity, it can cause increased anxiety, irritability, frustration or depression.
Sometimes identifying the cause of ongoing pain can be difficult, with many potential contributing factors involved.
An initial injury can be a catalyst for changes to occur in the central nervous system, the brain and at the chemical, molecular and genetic level, and result in persistent pain that becomes independent of the original injury. When this occurs, patients are said to experience chronic pain and localised treatment at the site of injury can be ineffective.
Overcoming chronic pain requires careful consideration of biological, psychological and environmental factors. At QPain, we take an holistic approach to your pain management, looking at all lifestyle factors that could contribute to your condition.
We work with patients to ensure pain minimisation techniques are effective and sustainable. By helping you better understand your pain, our expert health team will empower you to take control and return to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Managing Your Pain
We all tolerate and experience pain differently. For people who suffer from chronic pain, their condition is often the result of a complex mix of physical, emotional and psychological factors and requires careful monitoring by a pain medicine specialist to ensure the right treatment is used.
QPain’s team of medical specialists use the latest technological therapies to manage pain – focusing on interventional technologies, while providing holistic and comprehensive care. Actively involved in research and multi-centre clinical trials, we provide patients with access to the latest therapies before they are widely available.
We understand every individual responds differently to treatment and our focus is on finding the right approach for you.
For many patients with chronic pain, pain relief may be followed by a return to pain. Depending on your health and mobility, things like weight gain, inactivity, stress, poor posture, over-use of medications or repetitive strain can lead to a return to pain.
If your current treatment is not effectively managing your pain or is causing uncomfortable side effects, you may wish to consider other options. QPain Specialists are experts in pain therapy and can develop a suitable pain management plan to help get you back to doing what you love most.
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“It’s vital to work with a physician who specialises in pain medicine to help identify the source of your pain and develop the best method of treatment.”
Dr Frank Thomas