Chronic pain in the UK is a massive problem with around 20% of adults suffering from pain that does not go away. The cost to society is huge and the quality of life of those patients as well as those of those closest to them severely affected.
The financial cost to society is huge and the impact that persistent pain has directly on the quality of life of these patients, as well as on their carers, families and colleagues results in significant loss of social function and likelihood of mental health problems.
It is well accepted now that the most effective way to treat chronic pain is in a multidisciplinary centre using the experience of experts in Pain Medicine, Physiotherapy, Functional Rehabilitation and Clinical Psychology.
Experts in this field also agree that the most effect approach to the long term treatment of pain should include, not only the patient’s medical and physical problems but also the psychological aspects of pain (how it interacts with our moods and emotions) as well as the impact that this then has on our social function (work life, personal life and ability to function as an individual in society). We call this the biopsychosocial model.
We are able to provide this service all under one roof at our main centre in Aldgate where medical imaging including MRI, ultrasound and x-ray is also available if needed.