Chronic pain is pain experienced for a period of at least three months. Chronic pain can be reduced when it is understood how the nervous system works. The nervous system, which sends pain signals, may have become disturbed. The pain itself, however it began, has become the problem.
People who take responsibility for the management of their pain can lead a normal life. Chronic pain can cause physical problems and emotional distress such as anger, frustration, or a feeling of helplessness. Feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety can be associated with chronic pain. A negative attitude can increase your pain. However, you can learn to focus on your abilities, your positive qualities and ways that allow you to regain control of your life – in spite of the pain. Managing pain is ongoing; every day and step by step. The path back to a satisfying life may not be straight but by learning to ask for and accept help and advice, you can do it.
Some people may benefit from long term medication use, but usually other pain management strategies are required. Pain management included strategies such as meditation, relaxation and distraction are used to help reduce pain.
Our psychologists are approved for providing workers compensation psychological treatment which is funded by your insurer after your claim is approved. Pain management is approached within a Cognitive Behavioural Framework.
We also provide psychological treatment for injuries sustained by motor vehicle accidents. We provide psychological reports for workers compensation or motor vehicle accidents if required by your solicitor.
Medicare rebates are also available for pain management by registered psychologists with a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
Motor Vehicle Injuries (CTP)
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle incident, you may be experiencing financial loss, sadness, anxiety , sleep issues and ongoing pain . It is normal to seek assistance from a psychologist to help you through your difficulties. A psychologist can assist with providing you strategies to help you manage your pain.