Chronic pain affects 17% of males and 20% of females in NSW and in a significant proportion of these people, it will impact on their daily lives. Major advances have been made in our understanding of pain in the last 40 years.
It is now widely accepted that pain is a multi-dimensional experience. Major advances have revealed that not only are afferent nerve impulses modulated in the spinal cord, but by regions of the brain that regulate attention, emotion and memory. This can happen at all stages in the pain experience: acute, sub acute and chronic. In essence this means that the traditional biomedical model of pain has been replaced by the biopsychosocial model of pain.
Pain cannot always be explained or equalled to underlying pathology. The brain has plasticity, which means that it changes in response to stimuli. Pain can modulated, inhibited or excited, in response to the brain’s interpretation of a painful event.
Early identification of risk factors, patient education and early return to normal activities can minimise the risk of transition from acute to chronic pain. If a chronic pain state is identified, a multidimensional management plan should be put into place. A holistic approach is required. As well as physical factors or underlying pathology, consideration needs to be given to other contributors to pain and disability such as history of trauma, negative cognitions and emotions, expectations, social situation etc. It is advantageous that health professionals dealing with a particular case have an understanding of the nature of chronic pain to avoid a purely biomedical approach. Patients often spend time and money on unnecessary medical investigations with resultant positive findings that may then be attributed to the patients pain when in reality, they may have little clinical significance. This can also be a source of frustration for the patient and clinician and lead to unnecessary investigation.
There is still enormous progress to be made in the area of chronic pain. But the bottom line is that the management of patients in chronic pain states needs to be multidisciplinary, including pharmacological, psychological, physical and must include patient education. Exercise and education should underline any effective pain management program.
Meet our Chronic Pain Physiotherapists
Having worked as a physio for many years, Simone has had a wide variety of experience in both public and private physiotherapy settings, working the last 7 years in private practice. Simone has developed a special interest in treating foot and ankle injuries, running injuries, jaw pain (TMJ) and posture- related back and neck pain.
Simone has vast experience working with elite sporting teams and athletes including Premier League football, rugby, track and field, Australian baseball, and swimming.
Simone is passionate about helping people move well and stay active. She has a plenty of experience in running video analysis, and hands on manual therapy as well as dry needling / acupuncture, and helping develop and retrain ideal movement.
When not in the clinic, you will find her out running, at the beach or spending time with family and friends.
He believes in taking a holistic approach to injury management and uses hands-on therapy, advice and exercise as medicine, including Physio Pilates.
Darren has extensive experience in treating all types of musculoskeletal problems and sports injury rehabilitation and performance improvement. He is also trained in dry needling (Western acupuncture).
On the weekend you will find Darren out playing on the soccer field, spending time with his beautiful wife and three active kids, at church, or trying to catch that perfect wave.
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Jackie trained as a physiotherapist in Birmingham, UK qualifying in 1987. She worked in London before immigrating to Australia in 1995. After working for another private practice for 7 years Jackie decided to start Berowra Physiotherapy in 2003. This was also the year she took the exam to become a credentialed McKenzie therapist.
Jackie has also completed level 2 sports course and regularly attends post graduate seminars and courses. Jackie takes a very functional approach to treatment seeing it as a partnership between therapist and patient and keeping exercises simple and manageable.
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Jane is a physiotherapist who is dedicated to providing high quality, individualised assessment and treatment of patients presenting with pain and movement dysfunction. This requires a thorough initial assessment which provides a reliable diagnosis. Appropriate treatment strategies can then be applied and reassessed at subsequent visits.
The aim Jane’s treatment is to provide patients with effective self-management strategies based on education and personalised exercises and/or management advise. This facilitates optimum results and prevention of further injuries. Year of experience and commitment to continuing education enables Jane to provide reliable and accurate assessments and effective treatment strategies.
Extensive experience in neurological rehabilitation at Royal Prince Albert Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital has given Jane a holistic approach to movement disorders. One of her special interests is chronic pain. She has completed her post-graudate education through the University of Sydney (Graduate Certificate in Pain Medicine) and have attended David Butler’s Explain Pain course. This training has enabled me to give chronic pain sufferers evidenced based and up to date assessment and treatment. Jane is also quiet passionate about minimising the risk of transition from acute pain to a chronic pain. Early assessment of people who have soft tissue injuries can help identify those at risk of developing a chronic pain problem (neck and low back being the most common). Education, management advise and appropriate exercise can help prevent pain becoming chronic.
Restoring normal movement requires a keen, experienced eye and ear to detect the source of the problem or the link. Pain and movement dysfunction can often have abnormal contribution from the central nervous system. Jane’s background in neurology and pain medicine give her the edge on being able to include neuromuscular facilitation with exercise and functional movement programmes.
To book with Jane, please call the Wahroonga clinic (02) 9489 4111
Jennie has managed the Physiotherapy Department for Nepean and Hornsby Hospitals for 12 years, has been a member and chairperson for the OH&S; Committees of Nepean and Hornsby Hospitals and has been a member of the APA council. She is delighted to be working at Berowra Physiotherapy on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
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Matthew prides himself on delivering up to date physiotherapy practice. He has postgraduate training in manual therapies and dry needling and pairs these skills with a focus on exercise therapies. Matthew believes exercise is often the key ingredient that will guide you towards recovery, and will work with you to find a program that can allow you to excel.
Matthew’s special interests include back pain and lower limb injuries, but welcomes everything and anything!
Betty’s passion to become a physiotherapist began in her early teens when she visited the physio tent at netball for advice after having injured herself skateboarding. Now her passion has evolved into helping people find ways to move better and stay active.
Having graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and Masters of Physiotherapy, Betty has developed a great understanding of how the body moves and how to use exercise to help others improve their health and wellbeing. Betty’s passion for exercise and sports injury rehabilitation is reflected in her experiences working as a physiotherapist with National Premier League football teams, as well as AFL and rugby teams. Betty enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities to find the right treatments to help them achieve their healthiest selves.
In her spare time, Betty likes going to the gym and lives and breathes all things netball. She also enjoys a challenge, so she has recently started playing football. During the holidays, you may find Betty going camping or hitting the beach with friends and family.
Rob became interested in anatomy, exercise, and the human body when he began going to the gym in high school. He began researching and managing his own injuries with exercise and from that point, physiotherapy stood out as a career for him.
Rob developed his skills and gained experience in private practice, musculoskeletal, sports physiotherapy and post-surgical rehabilitation at the Australian Catholic University where he completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Rob believes in managing patients with a combination of hands-on techniques and exercise. He aims to involve the patient in the decision-making process to optimise results such as reducing pain and increasing function in work, sport, or day-to-day living.
Outside of physiotherapy, Rob enjoys living an active life including cycling and regularly going to the gym and outdoors with friends and family.