Chronic Pain Management

Our experienced Physiotherapists have a range of sub specialties which include chronic pain management. Two of our physiotherapists have worked many years between them in a pain management clinic. We all understand the complex nature of chronic pain and the need for a multidisciplinary, Biopsychcosocial approach.

At CHP we are committed to applying current evidence based practice in pain management and we understand the importance in education of the patient to understand their condition and become good self managers of their pain. KNOW PAIN, KNOW GAIN! We also value the role of an interdisciplinary team and work well with other health care providers.

Treatment
A comprehensive and holistic orthopaedic, neuromuscular and functional assessment will be conducted. Treatment is tailored and includes

  • Education regarding your condition
  • Hands on treatment
  • Teaching of self treatment strategies
  • Graded progression of return to functional activities
  • Exercises to promote mobility, strength, endurance and function
  • Management strategies for “flare ups”

Brendon Haslam has up to date training in Graded Motor Imagery, Neurodynamic techniques and lectures to Melbourne University Post Graduates in Neuropathic Pain Management. Brendon is a faculty member  of the NeuroOrthopaedic Institute, a world renowned teaching and research organisation at the forefront of education in all things pain.

In keeping with CHP’s strive for clinical excellence and best practice, Brendon Haslam has now commenced his PhD at the Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health (partners of the Melbourne Brain Centre).  His studies are looking at the role of sensory retraining and graded motor imagery in treating stroke patients with chronic pain.  Testing for one study has already commenced, and utilizes fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to look at brain activity, along with other measures.

Over recent years there has been a wealth of new research and improved understanding, relevant to chronic pain and its management, both in Australia and Internationally. We are excited to apply this great research into our clinical practice.

Some chronic pain conditions we manage include CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), Phantom Limb Pain, Central Post Stroke pain, Central Sensitisation, Chronic/Persistent Pelvic Pain , Headaches, Chronic Neck Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Vulvodynia, VVS