The single most common symptom that causes patients to seek help from their family doctor is ‘pain’. The range is enormous, from the pain associated with a ‘bad back’, to the pain caused by accidental trauma. As we know, cancer patients often experience pain as part of their illness. And the experience of pain is on the increase. It is estimated that in the UK alone approximately 5 million working days per year are lost due to ‘back pain’. That is just the tip of the iceberg…
In addition to the mechanical / physical pain, the problem is often amplified by and is a manifestation of stress and distress. When the pressures of work, finance, relationships, bereavement and a whole host of everyday life experiences, come to bear, then we find ourselves less able to cope. At a critical ‘tipping point’ we can no longer deal with the consequences of pain, then spiral down into inactivity, isolation and a cycle of escalating pain develops. Not surprisingly our mood suffers and we become angry, frustrated and depressed.
After many years working in medicine, Sean and Nicola have developed a network of colleagues capable of addressing each and every facet of an individual’s pain experience. They have immediate access to colleagues who have a like-minded approach to dealing with pain. The aim of the practice is to diagnose and define the problem generating the pain and then to develop a bespoke treatment plan for that individual. Dr Sean White (Consultant in Pain Medicine) and Miss Nicola George (Clinical Manager) have over 40 years of experience in the broader medical arena between them.
Nicola and Sean have now decided to come together and pool their experience to create the London Pain Service. They will endeavour to provide a flexible service that acts as a focus for your treatment. They aim to not only provide specific treatment ourselves, but to act as a communications hub, so that all patients feel that they have a coordinated approach to their treatment plan and are not simply being ‘handed on to someone else’.