The clinicians in the Hills Integrated Pain Team work with people who are struggling with persistent or “chronic” pain, as well as emotional difficulties that can accompany pain.
Persistent pain is a complex experience that affects many aspects of life: work and leisure activities, relationships, emotions and coping. Often people feel confused and worried by pain that continues for weeks or months, and may find that life starts to become dominated by pain.
The Hills Integrated Pain Team recognises that the best treatment for chronic pain addresses all parts of the pain experience. Each person’s pain is unique, and all pain is real. We invite people to learn new ways to manage both the physical aspects of their pain and the ways it impacts on their lives.
Who we are?
We are a team of musculoskeletal physiotherapists and clinical psychologists, trained and experienced in the treatment of persistent pain.
We work with people who may be experiencing:
- back pain
- musculoskeletal pain
- arthritis conditions
- neuropathic conditions
- visceral pain
- phantom pain
- headache and migraine
- other emotional difficulties related to their pain.
The Hills Integrated Pain Team recognises that the best treatment for chronic pain addresses all parts of the pain experience. Each person’s pain is unique, and all pain is real.
We invite people to learn new ways to manage both the physical aspects of their pain and the ways it impacts on their lives.
Clinicians in the Hills Integrated Pain Team provide evidence-based treatments drawn from the most recent findings in pain science. These include a combination of physical techniques and cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT).
We work as a team so that you, the person with pain, does not “fall through the cracks.” Both the physiotherapist and psychologist are there with you in the room together, so that you don’t have to tell your story again and again.
With you, we develop a treatment plan that incorporates both physical and psychological strategies to help you get your life back on track.
It means we will listen to your story, and in collaboration with you, plan out a range of activities that can help you with your pain and its consequences.
These focus on both the mind and body, and include:
- education about what happens in the mind and body when we have pain
- movements, exercises, or stretches to do at home
- visualisation tasks (things you picture “in your mind’s eye” or on picture cards)
- ways to examine and manage your thoughts and feelings about pain
- adjustments to the ways you approach your everyday activities
The focus of our service is self-management: helping you to develop the skills you need to manage your own pain into the future.
Ask your GP to refer you to our service. If you are eligible, your GP will prepare treatment plans which will enable you to claim most of the cost of our service on Medicare.
These plans are the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan for physiotherapy, and the GP Mental Health Care Plan for psychology. Once these plans and a referral have been prepared, phone us on 8391 2033 for an appointment.
Phone us on 8391 2033 and request an initial appointment with the Hills Integrated Pain Team. Sessions will be charged at private rates, which you may be able to claim on your private health insurance.
With an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan and GP Mental Health Care Plan:
There will be a gap payment to pay on the day, but most of the cost is paid for under your EPC and Mental Health Plan. These rebates can vary, so please call us on 8391 2033 for an accurate explanation of the current cost to you.
Your Private Health Insurance will usually give you a rebate on the services. Please call us for the current fees.
You can start finding out more about persistent or chronic pain right away – before you come to see us.
Check out the following resources:
- Chronic Pain Australia website: www.chronicpainaustralia.org.au
This website has a short video clip produced by the Hunter Integrated Pain Service in NSW, which we highly recommend you watch before your first appointment. Go to the website above, and click on the You Tube clip entitled “Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes.” Or click here to go direct to the video
- Pain Management Network website: NSW Government. Click on the below link to visit. It is fantastic resource for patients and any medical practitioners alike.
In this episode, you will learn that managing your pain is a team effort. You need to work and communicate closely with a healthcare team you can trust. Usually the centre of the team is your G P. This film introduces you to the idea of a personal pain management plan; something you develop and use to communicate with your healthcare team and to keep your on track.
- Manage Your Pain: Practical and Positive Ways to Adapt to Chronic Pain – a book written by Dr Michael Nicholas, Dr Allan Molloy, Lois Tonkin and Lee Beeston. Third edition published 2011; available in most local libraries and bookstores.
- Body in Mind blog
Please let us know if you need any more information or would like an appointment with our service. We will be more than happy to help you.
Hills Integrated Pain Team
myPhysioSA Mount Barker
Summit Health Centre
85 Wellington Road
MOUNT BARKER SA 5251
Phone: 1300 189 289