Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for 3 months or more. Pain Psychology persists long after the injury and has a significant impact on day to day life and mental health. Chronic pain is common, affecting over 10% of Australian adults. Many people think of chronic pain as a physical problem, but there is a growing awareness of the important role that psychological and neurobiological factors play in this condition.
Most specialist chronic pain teams include psychiatrists and/or psychologists. Effective pain treatment should involve psychological therapy to help patients understand their condition, learn pain management skills and regain a sense of self-efficacy and control over their lives. Medication can also play a role in treating chronic pain, along with physical therapies and aids.
Our team at Epsychiatry will work with you and your broader care team (e.g. GP, occupational or physiotherapist) to support you in managing your chronic pain. We encourage you to contact us with any queries or to seek a referral from your GP to see one of our experienced clinicians.