Pain rehabiliation programPain is a vital protective mechanism of our body, indicating an unpleasant emotional and sensory experience associated with actual or potential damage. Unfortunately in 20% of the population, pain persists when there is no further injury occurring.
Research has not revealed why pain persists in this population but recent studies show anatomical and physiological changes in the pain system.
The pain system has become sensitised, meaning it is hyper vigilant and reacts to stimulus that is not normally painful.
When persistent pain starts impacting on your everyday life, affecting sleep, recreation, domestic tasks and work, intervention is required.
Access to the Pain Rehabilitation Program is available via referral.
Your GP, physician, surgeon or allied health professional will be able to assist you with obtaining a referral to a private specialist who is accredited at the hospital and who can organise your admission or enrolment into a program.
During your stay you will be under the direct care of this private specialist who will from time to time be assisted by other accredited private specialists and hospital staff.
On completion of the program we anticipate that you will achieve the following:
- Decreased pain levels
- Feel more in control of your pain
- Increased level of participation in activities of daily life
- Increased participation in social and recreational activities
- Improved confidence about your physical abilities
- Knowledge of pain and how changes to your pain system influence your pain experience
- Return to work/increased work duties and hours, if appropriate
- Self-management of your pain using physical, practical and emotional strategies.
Remember there is no cure for persistent pain.
Our treatment aims to teach you how to manage your pain more effectively, allowing you to get on with your life.
This program requires your active participation and a willingness to expand your knowledge and beliefs about pain and implement self-management strategies.
The Pain Rehabilitation Program teaches you self-management strategies that help decrease the impact of pain on your life, and allows you the confidence to engage with life in a more active and meaningful way.
- Education about pain and the changes in your pain system.
- Learning strategies such as pacing and activity planning to assist you in completing daily tasks.
- Learning to integrate all these strategies into functional activities in the workplace or at home.
- Providing emotional strategies. These are as important as physical strategies because your beliefs and expectations can be perpetuating factors that help sustain chronic pain.
- Strategies that you can undertake physically - utilising trigger points, stretches, postural awareness, movement re-education and core stability exercises.
Support from family and social networks is important in the long term management of pain conditions.
Family members and partners are encouraged to attend sessions when appropriate.
For more information regarding the program please contact:
North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre
Pain Program Co-ordinator
Ph: 03 9474 8900
Various programs are available and are tailored to meet your individual needs. We can also accommodate country and interstate patients wanting to participate in this program. Program options can include:
- Inpatient services
- Outpatient services
- Residential outpatient services.
You will need to be assessed by our team to determine your suitability to engage the program.
The program involves both individual and group based sessions. Your program will be designed to utilise some of the activities below depending on your individual needs:
- Aquatic Physiotherapy
- Core stability training
- Feldenkrais -
Awareness Through Movement (ATM)
- Medication and sleep education
- Movement and posture re-education
- Return to living training.
Our program has a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach and involves a team comprising of the following accredited or employed health professionals:
- Exercise physiologist
- Occupational therapist