INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
Who is a pain and musculoskeletal medicine consultant?
In the United Kingdom, all consultants in pain medicine/management have also been trained in anaesthesia. Pain medicine consultants are therefore dual qualified by both the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Pain Medicine. We adhere to the highest quality standard of patient care. In fact, the pain fellowship in the UK is the only fellowship programme which emphasizes on good technique and skill provision for examination of back and neck pain and performing spinal injections such as facet joint injections, epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks at the cervical, thoracic and lumbar levels and radiofrequency (rhizolysis) treatments. Therefore, pain consultants are much more experienced and familiar in diagnosing, investigating and treating spinal pain (back and neck pain) and are also experts in managing nerve pain arising from a variety of reasons.
The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Pain Medicine are both governing organisations that certify consultants by proving and demonstrating competency in that specific medical field. Consultants seeking fellowship must demonstrate their ample knowledge, judgment and clinical skills among other attributes, while also showing that they can serve as an expert in matters related to pain management and anaesthesia.
By being certified, we are proving to you, our patients, that we are knowledgeable, experienced and proficient in our field of pain medicine.
About pain management
Pain serves a useful purpose in our survival because it alerts us to illness or injury. But pain that goes on for a long time (chronic pain) is another matter.
Sometimes there is a clear cause such as arthritis, cancer, a back injury or post-operative pain after surgery. In other cases, however, people find that no one has been able to explain the reason for their pain. Chronic pain can have a negative influence on your quality of life, affecting not only your physical health but also your emotional well being, your employment and your family. Fortunately, there are many methods to control pain and help you get back to a fulfilling lifestyle. Pain management takes a holistic view, treating the whole person with a combination of methods that suit the individual best. Some of the treatments available from Berkshire Pain Clinic include:
- Nerve blocks
- Spine (epidural) injections and infusions
- Joint injections
- Muscle injections
- Prolotherapy (a new type of injection for pain)
- Medication, including intravenous pain control if needed
- Nerve destruction (radiofrequency denervation or rhizolysis)
- Electrical stimulation (PENS and TENS)
- Exercises and physiotherapy
Counselling and Support
Many people with chronic pain also benefit from counselling or joining a support group involving other people with similar experiences. This helps you to address the very strong emotional impact of ongoing pain. It also equips you to manage your condition on your own terms, so that you take control of the pain, instead of having the pain control you. We can also arrange this important aspect of your treatment.
New Patient Information
As a new patient, we want to take the time to get to know you and your medical history. You would need to fill out the New Patient Questionnaire for your appointment. This can be downloaded below. You can either print this questionnaire, fill it out and bring it to your appointment or else post it or email it back to us at [email protected]
We want our service to be accessible and we aim to keep our fees as affordable as possible. We aim for transparency regarding costs so please see the information below.
- First consultation fee is £250. Follow-up consultation fee is £150.
- Interventional procedures: According to specific insurer payment schedules.
- Self pay procedures carry their own package tariff so it is best to take advice from the respective hospital finance division.