The Chronic Pain Service is run by a specialist team who help children and young people with long-standing (chronic) pain problems. We do this by providing treatment and support for them and their families.
We aim to:
- Help you manage your pain better
- Discuss with you how your particular problem has affected your school and social life
- Help reduce your visits to see doctors
- Help you feel more in control
- Help you get back to normal
What is The Pain Management Clinic?
- We are a specialist team who help children and young people with long-standing (chronic) pain problems.
- We do this by providing treatment and support for them and their families.
Before your first appointment . . .
You will receive some questionnaires, we ask you to complete these and bring them with you on the day of your appointment.
At your appointment you will be examined, so please wear clothing which will help us do this, for example loose clothing, shorts, t-shirts.
What will happen at your first appointment?
You will meet the whole team – each team member has a different job. Your first appointment will last for one and half hours and during this time we will ask you lots of questions to help us understand your pain, the problems it causes you and how it affects your life, like school and your social life.
The doctor and physiotherapist will then want to examine you. At the same time parents can talk through any other worries with our specialist nurse and psychologist.
Once the team has finished the assessment we usually break for five minutes. In this time we put together a treatment plan for your individual needs to then tell you in the final part of your appointment.
Who will you see at your appointment?
You will be seen by the whole team and each team member is there for a reason:
The Anaesthetist (Doctor)…
…is a pain doctor. They will ask you about how the pain first started, what it feels like, and what medicines or treatments you have tried.
…asks you and your parents how your pain problems affect your everyday life eg school attendance and hobbies.
- They will discuss ways to help concentration, sleep pattern and self-esteem.
- They can help you manage the range of emotions that you may feel living with chronic pain.
- They help you with pain management and coping strategies.
…asks about how the pain has affected your mobility, activity levels and independence.
- They help you understand the effects of pain on the body.
- They help you use coping strategies, planning activities and exercises to improve your pain management.
Specialist Pain Nurse…
…will co-ordinate your care in the service and be the point of contact for further information. They provide support with coping strategies, pain management techniques eg TENS and medicines advice.
Why do we work in a multidisciplinary team?
It may sound scary coming to talk to several people at once, but we have found this is one of the best ways to work with pain problems.
Chronic pain problems are often influenced by a variety of factors, so we use a combination of psychological approaches, physical therapy and medications to improve it.
Having a range of professionals involved initially means we can provide co-ordinated help and advice for your needs.
We understand that chronic pain causes considerable worry and stress for you and your family and we aim to help with both the causes of your pain and the effects of living with it.