PAIN MANAGMENT

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.