Pain Management

Aside from pharmaceutical interventions, the following may help with managing pain:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy – there may be adjustments that can be made to your living or working space that help to reduce pain
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) where electrodes are placed on the skin to stimulate nerves
  • Complementary therapies such as t’ai chi, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, relaxation or hypnosis
  • Surgery – usually only used when other approaches have not proved effective
  • Other approaches that may be useful when treatments do not bring complete relief: 
  • Pain clinics – where they are available – may be able to look at other methods of minimising the impact of pain. Ask your nurse or doctor.
  • Self management programmes – courses run by and for people with long-term conditions.

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