When you want freedom from acute or chronic pain and discomfort it is important to have access to effective treatment.
When you want freedom from acute or chronic pain and discomfort it is important to have access to effective treatment. Your local BMI Healthcare hospital offers treatment for a broad range of conditions and our specialists will advise on the most appropriate solution for you.
Our integrated pain service focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of painful conditions. This includes musculoskeletal pain (from joints and muscles) and pain from damaged nerves. Timely treatment can prevent pain from escalating and becoming chronic and therefore reduce the need for surgical intervention.
In order to make an accurate diagnosis and offer effective treatment, our pain consultants will regularly liaise with specialists from other surgical and medical areas such as spinal surgery, rheumatology (joints) and neurology (nerves).
Treatment of you pain is often further enhanced by physiotherapy and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, may be considered where appropriate.
Types of pain
People suffer from many varied types of pain, which can fall into a number of different categories:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain, including whiplash
- Leg pain, including sciatica
- Facial pain
- Nerve pain - including chronic pain after surgery, phantom pain, trigeminal neuralgia and pain after shingles
Making an appointment
You can make an appointment directly with one of the consultants at your local BMI Healthcare hospital or if you prefer, you can ask your GP to refer you (this may be necessary if you have private medical insurance).
You will benefit from:
- Initial consultation with a specialist pain consultant for a full diagnostic assessment of your condition
- Fast access to diagnostic tests including x-ray, ultrasound and MRI (where appropriate)
- Review of your current medication
- Personalised treatment plan
- Fast access and referral on to other specialist consultants and physiotherapists where necessary to continue your treatment and care
- Re-assessment consultation with your specialist pain consultant
Types of treatment
Your consultant may recommend a joint injection or a nerve block. These can be diagnostic (giving up to three month's benefit) or therapeutic (treating the nerve supply) providing longer-term relief.
Some injections are carried out in the outpatient clinic but most patients are treated in a dedicated pain clinic theatre as a day case procedure. The typical length of stay is 2-4 hours. Fasting for up to 6 hours may be necessary as patients will be offered sedation for certain types of procedure (your consultant will discuss this with you in detail before your procedure).
The pain consultant will review your current list of medication and make suggestions to you and your GP as to the best choices for your pain condition. Not all medicines are suitable for all patients and therefore your consultant may make several suggestions to your GP.
There are different pain medicines depending on the types of pain that need treating. Pain from inflamed tissues and joints may be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs or medicines containing paracetamol and an opioid (strong painkiller). Pain of nerve origin, however may need different medication in order to get effective relief by desensitizing the effected nerve.
Clear pricing for your peace of mind
Following your first consultation you may need diagnostic investigations to help your consultant understand what treatment options are best for you. You will be informed of the cost of these before any investigations take place.
If treatment is required, we will provide you with a written quotation before going ahead. You will know exactly how much your treatment will cost in advance, with no hidden extras, giving you peace of mind if you do not have private medical insurance.
If you do have private medical insurance, you will need to check your cover with your insurance company before confirming your appointment and you may need a GP referral. Alternatively you can pay for your treatment by cash, debit or credit card or the BMI Card.
Ultrasound guided injection/aspiration of joint (local anaesthetic)
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Specialists Offering Pain management
Ways to pay
Pay for yourself
Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare
Pay with health insurance
We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code
Spread the cost
Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)