Who are we
The Paddington Pain Clinic is a specialised clinic for people who are experiencing persistant, long standing or chronic pain. The therapists at the Paddington Pain Clinic offer a unique approach to help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life.
At the Paddington Pain Clinic we understand the huge impact that persistant, long standing or chronic pain can have on your quality of life. We want to help you get back to doing the things you love and living your life without the restrictions that come with living with chronic pain.
What makes us different
Our senior clinician Alex is unique as she is both a Physiotherapist and a Pharmacist. She is the only person in Australia who holds dual registration in both these fields. Alex provides the missing link between hands-on physiotherapy treatment and medication management for many of our clients.
Throughout her work as a physiotherapist Alex has helped people living with chronic pain find relief and hope. She uses her skills as both a physiotherapist and a pharmacist to help you manage your pain using a range of physiotherapy modalities including hands-on treatment, exercise and pain management education. She can also help you reduce your reliance on medications by optimising their use by providing recommendations on medication timing. She can help you identify and manage the side effects of your medications and she can liaise with the other members of your healthcare team such as your GP or specialist to ensure you are on the most appropriate medication to achieve the best outcome for you.
How we help you
As a result of our unique approach to achieving sustainable pain minimisation the vast majority of our patients have returned to living a normal life. We know that pain management involves a team approach implementing medical, physical and psychological strategies to reduce pain and improve your quality of life.
There are many things you can do to help yourself. Maintaining physical, mental and social activities in your life is important for your recovery but we understand that sometimes these types of activities can be difficult. Participating in a personally designed general exercise program that gradually increases in intensity over weeks and months has been proven to help people experiencing chronic pain.
Making an appointment with one of our pain experts could be the first step on your journey to better manage or minimise your pain and live pain free. A referral from your doctor or health professional is not required. We also cater for urgent appointments when required.
What we can do for you
At the Paddington Pain Clinic our physiotherapists understand that pain is not always a symptom of an irritated, distressed or injured structure within the body. Sometimes pain can occur with no physical changes at all. Our physiotherapists use their clinical skills and experience to identify the specific causes of your pain so that they can treat the underlying pathology, producing better and longer lasting results.
Our physiotherapists use a range of evidence based treatment methods to reduce pain directly. We take a hands-on approach to treatment and use a variety of techniques such as mobilisation, manipulation, massage, therapeutic exercise, strapping and specific rehabilitation programs to help restore better movement.
Your physiotherapist will also take the time to educate you on your condition and teach you ways to help you self-manage your condition at home, as well as give you advice on how to prevent future pain and injury.
Pharmacy Medication Reviews
Medications are commonly used to treat chronic pain conditions and can be very useful as part of a larger pain management strategy. Unfortunately there are often side effects which limit their use and effectiveness. Using medications effectively and avoiding side effects can be challenging.
Careful consideration of the types of medications used and regular monitoring for side effects is the key to ensuring that you are getting the best results.
Our pharmacists can work with you to help you manage your medications and any side effects they may have. They will work with you and your doctors to ensure you find a regime that is both safe and effective at reducing your pain.
One of the most effective ways of preventing pain and maintaining any improvements is to adhere to a regular exercise routine. Finding the right exercise routine for you can be challenging as some exercises or treatments may exacerbate your pain.
We will provide you with guidance and support to help you chose the exercises that will be best for you.
Pain management programs
Our pain management programs are designed to help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life. We can teach you pain management techniques and develop a plan to help you take control of your pain. This may involved a combination of physiotherapy, exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy and education. If applicable, this individualised plan will also consider your current medication regime.
Group pain management programs allow clients with similar pain experiences to progress through their pain journey together. In each session your physiotherapist will monitor and adjust your treatment as required to customise your plan to your specific needs. This will ensure that we achieve the best possible outcomes for you. Like our personalised programs, the group programs help you take control of your pain through a combination of physiotherapy, exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy and education.
GLA:D®, or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. This education and exercise program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research. It also includes feedback from people with OA and trainers on what works in the real world to help patients manage OA symptoms. The program consists of a first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability, two education sessions during which we teach you about OA, how exercises improve joint stability and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program. That is then followed by group exercise training sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.
Conditions We Treat
At the Paddington Pain Clinic we treat a range of painful conditions such as:
Lower Back Pain and Sciatica
Knee and Hip arthritis
Chronic or Persistant Pain
Headaches and Migraines
Post surgical pain
Dysfunctional pain (eg Fibromyalgia, EDS)
Make your appointment today by calling us on 0411 690 484. We are located at 116 Latrobe Tce, Paddington 4064.