Beacon Hospital Pain Management
Beacon Hospital’s comprehensive Pain Management service provides care to patients suffering from a wide spectrum of disorders causing both acute and chronic pain.
Our Pain Medicine Team is comprised of our Clinical Nurse Specialists in Pain Management, Consultants in Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine and experienced Chartered Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. Our team regularly treats patients suffering from a variety of pain conditions including:
- Post-surgical pain
- Chronic Pain Conditions
- Cancer pain
- Spinal Pain (back and neck)
Acute Pain Service:
Acute Pain is pain that comes on quickly but generally lasts for a shorter period of time than Chronic Pain. It is usually in response to an injury or trauma to a certain part of the body.
Our acute pain service provides effective and safe pain management to patients in our care. Our Clinical Nurse Specialists and Pain Medicine Consultants understand that patients have varying levels of pain and so use a number of different techniques in order to manage pain and ensure our patients are kept comfortable from the point of admission to discharge.
Some of the methods of managing inpatient pain include, but are not limited to, oral medications, intravenous medications and computerised pumps which patients themselves control. These are known as Patient Controlled Analgesia Pumps, or PCA for short.
Chronic Pain Service:
Chronic Pain is pain which lasts beyond a normal healing time of what experts would expect. It generally lasts more than 3 months, its actual cause may sometimes be unknown. Chronic Pain can begin gradually or can have a sudden onset, often around the time of a traumatic or emotional event. Chronic Pain can also be caused by a chronic condition a patient may be suffering from.
Chronic Pain may be felt in a specific part of the body or it can be more generalised and widespread throughout the body. It can be continuous or intermittent with occasional flare ups.
Treatment of Chronic Pain tends to be a longer process and may combine a number of therapies. These therapies may include:
- Pain Medications: These can be oral, intravenous or delivered by patient-controlled analgesia pumps.
- Interventional Therapy: Interventional therapies include procedures which help to treat pain such as joint injections, nerve blocks regional blocks etc.
- Exercise and Physical Therapy: This includes Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, transdermal electronic nerve stimulation (TENS) and more. Gentle exercise programs may also be introduced by your Physiotherapist to help reduce pain and strengthen the body.
- Psychological Therapy: Psychological therapies can help patients cope better with their pain and manage stress and negative factors which occur as a result of Chronic Pain.
- Your Pain Medicine Consultant may prescribe any combination of the above and more to ensure you get the best possible result from treatment.