Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, uncomfortable or totally incapacitating.

Pain is chronic if it continues for one month following an injury, is not reduced by physical therapy, and produces a significant impact on a person’s lifestyle.

Adelaide Psychological Services have psychologists available who are skilled and focus on chronic pain and therapy.

 

Benefits of skilled psychological therapy include:

  • Help people to cope with chronic pain while medical treatment occurs
  • Minimise impacts of negative emotions
  • Help people to focus on what they can do rather than on impairments and distress
  • Help to communicate their pain objectively to others
  • Effectively self-manage symptoms of pain
  • Focus on enjoyable activities not only on loss

 

Psychological therapy for chronic pain addresses eight topics:

  • Education about pain
  • Effect of emotions on pain
  • Beliefs about pain
  • Pain and exercise
  • Self-management of pain
  • Family support
  • Medications and substances
  • Return to work issues

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Our psychologists provide intervention plans, based on an individual assessment. Evidence-based therapy practices are used and our psychologists collaborate with other health professionals.

GP’s can refer using a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, this allows Medicare rebates or alternatively some private health funds provide rebates.

We also accept referrals for WorkCover / ReturnToWork SA, Motor Vehicle Accidents (Allianz) and other 3rd parties.

For more information, please call our receptionist on 8295 4150.

The Australian Pain Management Association  and  National Pain Week have some resources available on their websites.