Chronic pain, also known as persistent pain, is diagnosed when pain persists for more than three months. Approximately 1 in 5 persons suffer from some form of chronic pain and the incidence is increasing following the COVID pandemic.
Chronic pain is a very complex phenomenon made up of biological, psychological and social components. Since it does not reflect tissue injury, it can become a severe burden for patients and their carers. Because of the complexity of this condition, a multidisciplinary approach is advisable to help patients manage their symptoms in the best possible way.
There is no magic pill or drug that will help patients suffering from chronic pain. Patients need to understand where the pain is coming from and to accept that the condition is not curable. They need to be offered all the tools and treatment modalities that can help them manage their symptoms and then advised on self-management. A team of professionals working together can provide the patient with all the resources needed to manage their symptoms in the best way possible. At The Pain Clinic, the doctor usually provides a treatment plan during the first consultation and patients are advised on the various professionals and therapeutic options that can help them relieve their symptoms in the most effective way possible.