Bury Integrated Pain Service

NHS UCLH DAY 2 PHYSIO 0006 10164

 What can expect from the Bury Integrated Pain Service?

The Bury Integrated Pain Service is run by a team of experienced physiotherapists, nurses, psychological therapists and doctors.  It aims to get your pain as well controlled as possible, to help you manage your pain independently and let you do your usual activities.  It is not always possible to get rid of pain altogether (see what is persistent pain and what can I do about persistent pain).  However, your clinician will help you understand why you are getting pain and what you can do about it.  To help us understand your pain you may be asked to fill out some questionnaires to tell us about how it is affecting you.  This also helps us to monitor how you are improving.

What will happen at my appointment?

Prior to seeing your pain clinician you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire.  Please bring any reading glasses that you may need to help you with this.  There will be members of staff to help you if you are unsure about any of the questions.  You will then have an assessment with either a physiotherapist or a nurse who specialises in helping people with long term pain.  They will ask you how your problems started, how they have progressed and how they affect you now.  They will then help you to understand why you have pain and discuss the different options that can help.  They will then agree a plan with you as to which options you want to try.  This might include a number of different options such as:

  • Advice about how to get back to your usual activities
  • Information which explains why you get pain
  • Taking part in a pain management programme. This is delivered by physiotherapists and psychological wellbeing practitioners.  It involves a combination of exercise, advice, education and planning how to get back to your usual activities.  Many people find the group environment very supportive and for many people this is the best option.
  • Taking part in an exercise programme which is at the right level for you
  • Talking therapies to help you manage your pain by helping to recognise where stress is making pain worse
  • Talking therapies to help improve your mood, decrease anxiety or to improve sleep
  • Trying some different medications
  • Helping you to decrease the amount of medication you take.

Everybody is different and it is important to find the options that suit you best.

What should I bring to the appointment?

  • Reading glasses – you may need to fill out some questionnaires
  • A list of any medications, including doses, that you are taking (a current prescription is fine)
  • Any letters from other clinicians or hospitals about your painful condition
  • Your clinician may need to assess you if you have not been fully examined in the past. Please wear loose fitting clothing around the affected body part.  Alternatively, bring shorts or a loose fitting top to change into.

What happens after my assessment?

Once you have agreed a plan with your clinician you will have a follow up appointment arranged to start your treatment.  Sometimes other treatments are required and your clinician will discuss this further if needed.  Sometimes your clinician will discuss your case with other members of the team to make sure that you get the best treatment. 

What happens after treatment?

Once you have completed your agreed treatment programme you will be discharged back to your GP.  When you are discharged we will agree a plan with you so that you know what you need to do to keep your pain under control and keep active.  We will also advise your GP of anything that they can do to help support you.