The Persistent Pain and Rehabilitation Clinic uses a multidisciplinary and personalised treatment approach to help you achieve pain relief and to assist in the restoration of your physical function.
Whether your pain is relatively new or has been present for years, we will strive to provide you with the education and treatment necessary to improve your quality of life. We are dedicated to providing unsurpassed passion and care from the simplest to the most complicated acute or chronic pain. Our services and knowledge spread widely across physiotherapy, exercise physiology, dietetics, group therapy and exercise classes, and psychology.
Our highly trained clinicians specialise in the treatment of various illnesses including (but not limited to):
- work injuries
- sports injuries
- arthritic pain
- chronic pain
- post-surgical pain
- neuropathic pain
- spinal pain
Assessment and personalised treatment
We'll provide you with an initial assessment to determine your needs and suitability for specific pathways within the clinic. A series of physical tests will be performed and a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan will be devised. Your personalised rehabilitation journey will then begin and an appointment will be arranged with a clinician within one of the disciplines/classes that best fits your needs and requirements. Cross referral to other disciplines will also be organised and your treatment will continue holistically through the health care team.
Your initial consultation will include:
- talking about the history of your pain
- assessment of your pain through physical tests
- defining and setting your health goals
- establishing outcome measures (measurable progress)
- devising and initiating your personalised rehabilitation journey
Your journey will continue until your treatment goals have been accomplished or until you are ready for self-management or a reduced maintenance program. A full report will be sent to your referring practitioner. Outcome measures will be interpreted, assessed and recorded, and with your consent this data will play a pivotal role in the research, prevention and management of pain and rehabilitation.
A multi-disciplinary team
Effective pain therapy requires a biopsychosocial model of multi discipline care. This approach takes into account the physiology of pain alongside the cognitive impacts and drivers, the physical impairments and the multiple variables of lifestyle and community living which can generate increased suffering and distress.
People-centric care requires the person living with pain to be empowered by themselves and their health care team to best manage their condition within their community. Our Allied Health team employs the latest innovative technology and research to assist in managing symptoms and improving function while decreasing the requirement for many pain medications by imitating their involvement in life.
Physiotherapists play a critical role in assisting people to live with persistent pain. They aim to diminish pain, improve quality of life and prevent acute and sub-acute painful conditions from developing into persistent pain.
Physiotherapy involves a range of therapies both passive and active to design a patient specific rehabilitation program in order to decrease pain and improve movement. The physiotherapists at our clinic are highly skilled post-graduate trained practitioners who combine scientific evidence and clinical assessment findings to design a patient specific management plan that fits into patient lifestyles. Above and beyond their experience in pain and rehabilitation our clinicians are also Australian Physiotherapy titled Musculoskeletal or Sports Physiotherapists.
Your physiotherapist will assess present physical function and functional limitations and gear the manual therapy and exercises to a personal level of attainment and overall physical health. The physiotherapist will design a treatment plan and liaise with other members of our health care team where appropriate to ensure your goals are being achieved. Providing information and support to family members and significant others, the workplace and other healthcare providers will also be considered.
Significant research has shown that exercise is an essential aspect in the treatment of chronic pain.
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) can help to design an individualised exercise program to help you with the management of pain symptoms and reduce the risk of associated comorbidities caused by decreased activity levels and physical activity tolerance.
AEP' combine their training in clinical exercise prescription, behaviour change and motivational interviewing to assess, develop and monitor a physical activity treatment plan specific to your needs. They'll work closely with you to determine your goals and help you manage and gradually progress activity programs. As well as improving physical function and tolerance, an AEP aims to increase your self-confidence and self-efficacy, and ultimately help you manage your own health independently.
Building up the body's strength and natural defences is an important part of pain management and rehabilitation especially after a critical illness, stroke or surgery. Diet has a significant impact on the body's health and nutritional support plays a vital role in boosting the recovery process. For that reason, it is crucial to follow a personalised diet plan to ensure a sufficient calorie input is met to boost energy levels and aid muscle growth and healing.
Our Accredited Dietitian/Nutritionist will be able to develop a personalised rehabilitation diet plan ensuring you receive enough energy, protein and nutrients in order to support recovery and effectively increase your body's strength. Sometimes swallowing difficulties can develop after having a stroke - your dietitian will ensure you have adequate nutrition through support and supplements to meet your nutritional needs.
In addition our clinic will provide personalised nutritional education to you and your family with regards to enhancing nutritional intake at home, healthy eating, lowering your cholesterol, weight reduction and diabetes advice.
Evidence-based psychological strategies for pain management are available to patients who would like to enhance their ability to understand and cope with chronic pain. Our fully registered Psychologists have expertise in chronic pain management and are available to assess and treat persistent pain. Psychology services may be eligible for Medicare rebates.
Assessment and treatment of:
- spinal pain
- sports/musculoskeletal injuries
- repetition strain injuries/overuse syndromes and other work related problems
- movement related disorders
- chronic disease
Design and supervision of:
- post-operative rehabilitation exercise programs
- exercise programs for individuals and groups
- back care
- safe work practices
- return to work/sport following injury
- Exercise testing
We look forward to helping you to achieve their goals and provide the necessary support to enable a sustainable positive outcome.
Your initial consultation and assessment will be charged at the rate of an extended physiotherapy session - $140 for 1.5 hours. Internal referral across disciplines will be charged out at standard consultation costs and cab be partly funded or rebated through private health insurance and Chronic Disease Management Plans (can refer to all perceived relevant disciplines for CDM or to one - we will contact your practitioner/medical centre to change visits allocated per discipline if required). Please note there will be a gap payment payable, which may vary depending on your level of cover.
Persistent Pain Clinic client referral form for GP's
Please complete the form and send back via mail or email to one of the addresses on the form.