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Pain management at Spire Leicester Hospital

Helping to alleviate your pain and discomfort

There are various types of pain that can feel different depending on the part of the body they affect. The way each of us reacts to pain is also variable - some people may experience no pain from a condition that causes severe pain in another person.

Some common pain conditions are:

• spinal pain neck pain, thoracic pain and low back pain
• headache and facial pain
• abdominal pain
• pelvic pain
• nerve pain (neuropathic pain)
• pain due to decreased blood supply (vascular pain)
• pain secondary to diabetes
• pain secondary to shingles (postherpetic pain)
• post-surgical and post traumatic pain
• pain after amputation
• joint pain
• chest wall pain
• cancer pain.

Types of pain

There are two main types of pain:

• Acute

This is usually caused by something easily identifiable, such as an injury. Because it indicates an underlying problem, treating the problem will usually relieve the pain.

• Chronic

Anything that lasts three months or more is regarded as chronic, and this type of pain often recurs even after the underlying cause has been treated.

Experiencing pain for a long time can lead to lack of sleep, a weakened immune system and a reduction in physical and social activity. All of these things can, in turn, lead to anxiety and depression.

These symptoms create a vicious cycle, in which pain becomes the centre of your life. It is very important to get treatment that can reverse some of these symptoms and get you back on the road to recovery.

If you suffer from chronic pain a range of specialists will probably treat you. You’ll be cared for by an experienced multi-disciplinary team who understands what you’re feeling and are dedicated to your well being.

Our pain specialists are experts in managing a wide range of problems. Our pain management consultants are fully accredited and are all fellows of the Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. They will also have many years of experience dealing with a wide range of conditions.

Your treatment will be tailored around you. Our modern, well-equipped hospital has a full range of medical specialists. We take an integrated approach so we can organise any other care that you may need during your treatment.

Pain management treatments

We understand that having treatment can be a time of worry and anxiety. Our experienced and caring medical staff will be there for you every step of the way.

Your treatment will depend on your diagnosis. Acute pain that is caused by an injury or underlying condition may require surgery. Chronic pain is likely to require a more holistic, long-term approach.

Your treatment may include:

Injection therapy

There are a wide range of injection therapies available specific to individual complaints; you will be offered these as appropriate. The benefits and potential risks will be fully discussed with you when you are considering your treatment choices. 

Stimulation techniques

The simplest of these is a TENS machine; however more sophisticated stimulation devices such as implanted spinal cord stimulators, for people with severe and localised nerve pain, are also available. These techniques may be particularly helpful for spinal pain, pain due to nerve damage, abdominal or pelvic pain and pain due to poor circulation.

Medication therapy

Drugs are mostly given by mouth. Occasionally they are given via patches (the drug is absorbed through the skin). In special situations, sometimes in those with cancer, a pump can be implanted into the body to place drugs into the spinal fluid.

Other therapy

Pain specialists work in close conjunction with physiotherapists and psychologists. Some patients will also benefit from complementary approaches such as acupuncture and massage.

Which type of pain management treatment might be helpful for me?

We're here to listen and help you every step of the way. You will have a formal consultation with the pain management consultant of your choice. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and any concerns you might have.

Your consultant will discuss with you if they feel any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out. 

We're here to listen to you and help you get the best out of life.

Why choose Spire Leicester Hospital?

We have a leading reputation for the high quality clinical care and experienced and caring specialist consultants who all want the same thing – to help you live your life to the fullest.

Our pain management specialists