Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting for longer than six months.
Around 20% of adults in the UK are affected by chronic pain.
Pain can be a sign that something in our body is wrong. There are various types of pain that can differ in the parts of the body that they affect. The intensity of the pain and its duration can also vary. In addition, the way we react to pain is very personal and can vary significantly from person to person.
Pain that lasts for three months or more and recurs over long periods is regarded as chronic pain. Chronic pain can occur anywhere in your body; it can range from mild discomfort to very severe pain that can impede your day-to-day activities.
Common pain conditions can include
Early detection, assessment and appropriate management can help to alleviate chronic pain.
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You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
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Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
We offer a wide range of treatment options and interventions including:
All treatments are provided as day cases.
We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.
The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.