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26-07-2015

Chronic pain can affect almost every aspect of life, one in five Australians will suffer from chronic pain in their lifetime.

The management of pain is individual and may include medication and a variety of professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and exercise physiologists. There are a number of general measures:

 

  • Prioritise what needs to be done 
  • Pacing activities to prevent overdoing and becoming over tired
  • Exercise
  • Relaxation and distraction techniques
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT) a growing body of evidence supporting the use of CBT in the overall management of chronic pain to improve mood, reduce sleep disturbance and reduce disability.
  • A good relationship with a doctor to monitor sleep, depression or anxiety symptoms requiring additional treatment, continue to monitor overall health and health risks

All studies have confirmed that those who engaged in a multidisciplinary pain programme reported lower pain severity and better coping overall at the end of the programme.

 

Links: nationalpainweek.org.au

Chronic pain - chronicpainaustralia.org.au

Pain Australia - painaustralia.org.au

Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy - aacbt.org

 

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