With a deep understanding of the complexities of pain and its various underlying causes, Dr. Derek Leaper, our esteemed rehabilitation specialist, is committed to providing individualised care to help alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life.
Our Chronic and Acute Pain Management Services include:
- Comprehensive Assessment: Dr. Leaper will conduct a thorough assessment of your pain condition, taking into consideration your medical history, lifestyle factors, and specific pain symptoms. This comprehensive evaluation enables a tailored treatment plan to be developed that addresses the root causes of your pain.
- Multimodal Pain Management: Dr. Leaper takes a multimodal approach to pain management, utilising a combination of interventions and therapies to provide optimal relief. These may include medications, physical therapy, interventional procedures, psychological support, and alternative therapies. Dr. Leaper will work closely with you to create a customised plan that suits your unique needs and goals.
- Medication Management: If necessary, Dr. Leaper will prescribe appropriate medications to help manage your pain. These may include analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, or other medications specifically targeted to your pain condition. Your medication regimen will be closely monitored to ensure its effectiveness and address any potential side effects.
- Interventional Pain Procedures: For certain pain conditions, interventional procedures may be recommended to directly target and alleviate pain. These procedures can include nerve blocks, epidural injections, joint injections, or spinal cord stimulation, among others. Dr. Leaper will thoroughly explain the procedures and discuss the potential benefits and risks.
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: Physical therapy plays a crucial role in pain management, promoting healing, improving mobility, and strengthening affected areas. Dr. Leaper may collaborate with our experienced physiotherapist Peter Sharp to develop a tailored exercise and rehabilitation program to support your pain management journey.
- Psychological Support: Chronic pain can have a significant impact on mental and emotional well-being. Dr. Leaper recognizes the importance of addressing the psychological aspect of pain and may refer you to a specialist for psychological support, such as counselling or cognitive-behavioural therapy. This integrated approach aims to help you better cope with your pain and improve your overall quality of life.
Dr. Leaper and the team at The Practice Bundanoon are committed to providing compassionate care and ongoing support throughout your pain management journey. We prioritise open communication, actively listening to your concerns, and involving you in the decision-making process.
Our goal is to help you find relief, regain control over your life, and enhance your overall well-being.
A referral from your GP is required for all appointments with Dr Leaper.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The timeframe for pain management treatments to work can vary depending on several factors, such as the type and severity of pain, the chosen treatment modalities, and individual differences. Some treatments, such as medications, may provide immediate relief, while others, like physiotherapy, may require several sessions before noticeable improvements occur. It’s important to discuss your expectations and progress with your healthcare provider to ensure appropriate management and adjustment of treatment plans.
Each pain management treatment modality carries its own set of potential risks and side effects. Medications, for example, can have side effects like drowsiness, nausea, or constipation. Interventional procedures may involve minimal risks such as infection, bleeding, or nerve damage, although these are rare. Physiotherapy is generally considered safe but may cause temporary muscle soreness or fatigue. Your healthcare provider will discuss the potential risks and benefits of each treatment option to help you make an informed decision.
The goal of pain management is to reduce pain and improve your quality of life rather than completely eliminating pain in all cases. While many patients experience significant pain relief with appropriate treatment, complete elimination of pain may not always be feasible, especially for certain chronic pain conditions. The focus is on maximizing functionality, improving daily activities, and minimizing the impact of pain on your life.
While the risk of dependence or addiction exists with certain pain medications, such as opioids, when used under medical supervision and in accordance with prescribed guidelines, the likelihood of developing dependency is significantly reduced. Your healthcare provider will carefully evaluate your pain condition and prescribe medications judiciously, considering the potential benefits and risks. They will also monitor your progress and make adjustments to minimize the risk of dependence.
Active participation in your pain management is crucial for optimal outcomes. You can actively participate by communicating openly with your healthcare provider, adhering to prescribed treatment plans, engaging in recommended exercises or therapies, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to report any changes in your pain levels, side effects, or concerns promptly, as this will help your healthcare provider adjust your treatment plan as needed.