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Specialist Orthopaedic Doctors

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Back Pain Injections

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Fluoroscopically Guided Digital X-Ray Injections

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Spinal Manipulation

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Exercise & Rehabilitation Programmes for the Young...

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...and the Not So Young

Chronic Pain Management Service

With more than 23 years of experience in the management of musculoskeletal pain, the Blackberry Clinic is ideally equipped to offer a Pain Management Service to patients who have traditionally been treated by a pain clinic in secondary care.

Chronic pain is a complex biopsychosocial problem. A single pathophsyiological explanation is not available for many chronic non-malignant pain states. Up to one-third of chronic pain patients will have no objective findings of organic disease, and conventional treatment solely aimed at relieving pain is unlikely to be appropriate for such patients.

Not all patients need a multi-disciplinary approach, but at the Blackberry Clinic we have these approaches available should it be appropriate for the patient concerned. The Blackberry Pain Management Service is Consultant-led and is a fully integrated multi-disciplinary service providing a patient centred approach to chronic pain and disability. Each patient will receive a customised programme or a combination of approaches appropriate to their condition.

Available treatments include:

  • Consultant anaesthetist/musculoskeletal physician consultations
  • Prescription medication
  • Spinal injection procedures, with fluoroscopic guidance, i.e. epidural/prolotherapy
  • Injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency neurolysis, facet joint injections, sacroiliac injections, sympathectomy, etc.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and acupuncture
  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation programmes with exercise orientated programmes based on Pilates and other exercise systems
  • Exercise referral programmes in a fully-equipped gymnasium for functional rehabilitation including general exercise and fitness programmes, as appropriate
  • Psychotherapy, with behavioural approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy/stress counselling
  • Educational methods for patients and professional colleagues in prevention and early effective management of conditions which may lead to chronic pain
  • Occupational therapy
  • Complementary medicines

It is a basic humanitarian right that pain requires treatment or management, regardless of the cause. At the Blackberry Clinic we believe that although back pain doesn't kill, it 'tortures' and consequently demands adequate service provision.

There is good evidence that chronic pain services themselves are cost-effective - the use of fully integrated pain clinics results in direct savings to the NHS of twice their own cost - and the Blackberry Pain Management Service seeks to provide the highest possible level of care in this field.

"In a Clinical Standards Advisory Group study 11 out of 12 NHS pain clinics could 'not' offer all of the recognised treatments for chronic pain"... but at the Blackberry Clinic, WE CAN!