Currently on hold due to COVID:19. New Virtual Pain Management Programme to be announced shortly.
VETERAN SPECIFIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
SWV set up the first veterans-specific pain management programmes and pain review. The main barriers to both employment and being able to live a full life are chronic pain and problems with pain medication. The objectives of the veterans’ PMP are to help veterans access a diagnosis, help to develop a better understanding and management of pain, to increase meaningful activity, self-management, quality of life and improved mood and confidence.
We aim to get veterans properly assessed and obtain access to the correct treatment as soon as possible.
If only I had attended this programme shortly after injury - it would have saved me years of pain and related anxiety - thank you SWV for setting it up for me - it is going to have a hugely positive impact on my quality of life.
The Pain Management Programme includes
An assessment appointment
four residential days
single follow-up treatment days.
The Pain management programme is a group-based programme, with the group component reported as particularly helpful since it allows a discussion of pain in a safe environment with others who have had similar experiences and problems. You are not alone in needing help; for every 10 places offered, SWV receives, on average, 100 requests.
Through each programme, veterans have access to information on:
The physiological response to pain, and an understanding as to why pain develops.
The function and effects of medication on the brain, and when they are most effective. Individual advice and full support is given regarding medication reduction.
Strategies to manage pain more successfully with the end goal of considering employment options.
Strategies to improve sleep patterns and relaxation.
Strategies to manage negative changes in mood caused by chronic/ pain, using psychological approaches, in order to harness a better understanding of thoughts, beliefs and feelings in relation to pain and its impact on their quality of life.
How to identify meaningful goals and work out how to achieve them.
Specific exercises to aim to help affected areas feel less sensitive.
I have lived with chronic pain for several years and the stress and direct effect that pain has on an individual/family is crippling both physically and mentally. It drains you like pulling the plug on a swimming pool. Eventually that pool will empty and you can see no way of refilling it…you just live with it.