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National Pain Week 24th-30th July 2017

National Pain Week is from 24th– 30th July 2017 led by Chronic Pain Australia and promotes four core aims:

  1. To de-stigmatise the experience of chronic pain;
  2. Promote current thinking to explain chronic pain to the wider Australian community;
  3. Create healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician;
  4. Reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.

Living with chronic pain is linked with depression for many people and has long been a focus for the team at Adelaide Psychological Services. Research shows women are more susceptible to depression based on the level of pain, whereas men are more susceptible to depression based on how their pain interferes with daily activities, work and lifestyle.

Adelaide Psychological Services early intervention approach works with a broad range of clients to help them cope with the psychological impacts of pain. The team at Adelaide Psychological Services work through common challenges for our clients including

¨ acceptance of the cause of pain, workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents or other serious injury

¨ managing long term pain levels by adjusting to life changes brought on by chronic pain

¨ maintaining healthy relationships within the family whilst living with chronic pain.

¨ return to work

GP’s can refer using a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. Rebates are available from Medicare and some private health funds.  We also accept referrals from Return to Work SA / Allianz, lawyers and other insurance providers. Talk to your GP about getting a referral to see one of our psychologists, or ring our office today on 8295 4150

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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. 

 

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