The Pain Management Program
The HammondCare Greenwich Hospital Pain Program is designed to help people with chronic non-cancer pain and is run by our physiotherapist, clinical psychologist and pain medicine specialist.
Participants attend six weekly group sessions of three hours each session.
The program is designed to:
- Reduce pain
- Improve physical function and activity levels
- Improve mood
- Build independence and confidence in managing pain
- Help re-engage in activities that increase satisfaction and enjoyment of life
What to expect
To achieve these outcomes, the pain program provides information and skills training including:
- Exploring how pain works and how we can control it
- Relaxation techniques (muscle relaxation and deep breathing)
- Stretching and other exercises to increase flexibility
- Building strength and fitness through graded activity and exercises
- Meditation techniques that reduce pain and improve the way we think and feel
- Partnerships (identifying and using resources that build confidence and independence)
- Life engagement (identifying, planning and engaging in activities that increase enjoyment of life.
Following the program, follow up sessions are available to help build on the knowledge and the skills learned during the program.
The Pain Book contains the skills learned in the pain program and has been written by members of the Pain Clinic team and is used in the program. The Pain Book is available for purchase through HammondCare Media, in bookshops or online booksellers.
Outcomes of the program
Over 30 group programs have been run over the last five years and data have been collected to measure outcomes. Results show that, on average, the program results in a substantial reduction in pain (32%), increase in physical function (44%), reduction in anxiety (35%), reduction in depression (28%) and reduction in worrying thoughts about pain (32%).
Outcome data are also collected by the University of Wollongong and compared with results from other pain clinics around Australia and New Zealand. The most recent data show that the outcomes obtained during our program are ranked in the top three for both pain reduction and reduction in opioid medications.
There are no out of pocket expenses to attend the program apart from purchase of The Pain Book which is used as a manual for the program ($20 for program participants). For those with private health insurance, all costs apart from the book are covered. A limited number of places are also available for those without private health insurance, again at no cost apart from the book.
HammondCare Greenwich Hospital
PO Box 5084
Greenwich NSW 2065
P (02) 8788 3958
F (02) 9903 8269