We have prepared a video series with different specialists in pain management to raise awareness about pain, pain management and all the great work that pain professionals do during September Pain Awareness Month.
We would love to learn more about you.
Pain research is crucial. It allows us to better understand the causes and consequences of persistent pain, how to prevent it and how to minimise its impact.
In this video, Eleanor Ramsey, Michael Holt, Heather Macdonald, Mohamad Allhayley, from Genesis Research Services, will explain the importance of research and trials to find appropriate treatments for chronic pain.
The International Association for the Study of Pain IASP has dedicated 2021 as the Global Year of Back Pain.
This year’s theme focuses on helping clinicians, scientists, those living with pain, and the public understand the nature of back pain and the utility of available treatment modalities.
Acute back pain usually comes on suddenly and is caused by something specific. It is sharp in quality. Acute pain usually doesn't last longer than six months. It goes away when there is no longer an underlying cause for the pain.
Having persistent chronic back pain is extremely challenging for any individual because all those normal activities such as walking, playing with the kids and exercising, hurt. In this video Dr Russo explains what is the best approach to manage chronic low back pain.
Evidence has shown that management of back pain is most effective with a multi-modal approach. Pain Nurses identify and assess patients, becoming part of the care team for the patient and playing a crucial role in their treatment for chronic back pain.
When we feel pain, our natural response is to stop moving. When in fact, movement is one of the best treatments we have for back pain. David Elvish from Workplace Physiotherapy talks about some popular beliefs that we tend to associate with back pain such as posture and 'right' ways to lift objects.
We constantly say that chronic pain is complex because to treat pain effectively, we must address the physical, emotional and psychological aspects. If you have been referred to a psychiatrist to manage your pain, please know this is quite common.
|The brain and the body are intrinsically connected. Without settling the brain, it's difficult to settle the pain down.
Psychological Aspects of Chronic Pain - A Case Study
Psychological treatments are an important part of pain management. Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that accompany the discomfort can actually reduce the intensity of their pain.
Watch Leigh Health and Nataja discuss a case study to showcase how psychology can play a part in people coping with their pain more effectively.
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Dr Marc Russo is the Director of Hunter Pain Specialists, Hamilton Day Surgery Centre, Genesis Research Services and Co-Director of the Innervate Pain Management Program.
He developed Australia’s first private multidisciplinary pain management model. Using this approach with clinical diligence, early intervention, education and research in the field of pain management, Dr Russo successfully treats patients suffering from chronic persistent pain.
Dr Russo specialises in spinal cord stimulator implantation and completed two successful world-first spinal cord stimulator device implantations in Newcastle in 2011. He treats patients with a wide range of interventional pain medicine approaches, including a combination of pharmacotherapy and systems approaches.
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Dr Willem Volschenk consults in pain medicine through Hunter Pain Specialists at Broadmeadow in Newcastle and Tuggerah on the Central Coast. He operates at Hamilton Day Surgery, Lingard Private Hospital and Newcastle Private Hospital.
Dr Volschenk completed his postgraduate Specialist Anaesthetic training in Natal, becoming a Fellow of the South African College of Anaethetists. He acquired his postgraduate Australian Anaesthetic and Pain Management Fellowships in Australia holding a dual fellowship in both Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia.
Dr Volschenk is the supervisor of training for pain medicine at Hunter Pain Specialists, an accredited training site for the Fellowship of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia.