Chronic long term pain is debilitating. It impacts your career, personal relationships, and quality of life. It can make it hard to sleep and sap your energy.
The Limpopo Pain Clinic is an interdisciplinary team of health care practitioners who work together, with you, to manage your pain more effectively.
The team consists of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, a psychiatrist, a GP anaesthetist, GP’s with a special interest in chronic pain management, psychologists, a dietician and a psychological counsellor.
Our treatment approach follows a bio-psycho-social model. This model takes into account all the different facets that contribute to the cause and maintenance of chronic pain.
Each person’s treatment is individualised with a strong focus on the patient as being part of the team.
We have interdisciplinary teams in both Tzaneen and Polokwane.
The aim of the clinic is to assist you in managing your pain more effectively, and in so doing, improve your quality of life.
Depending on the specific type of pain you experience, and its root cause, complete alleviation of pain might not be possible. Instead of it dominating your life though, we can assist in helping to quieten it down. Through a combination of disciplines and pain management strategies, you should be able to function better, and have improved physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Anyone who struggles with a chronic pain condition, including:
- neuropathic pain/ neuropathy
- chronic back pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- persistent headaches
- cancer pain
- chronic regional pain syndrome
- phantom limb pain
- irritable bowel syndrome
- Addiction to pain medication
Please bring the following with:
Medical aid card
MRI’s, CT scans, and X-rays, where available.
Blood tests done within the last year, if available.
Names and dosages of medication you are currently taking.
If your medical aid requires an authorisation number please ask your GP to assist you with a referral.
At your first appointment, a detailed history will be taken concerning your pain. From there you may be given some questionnaires to complete which will assist the team in understanding your pain better. After the doctor has obtained all the relevant information you may be asked to go for x-rays, or blood tests if they are indicated. Your case will then be presented to the interdisciplinary team. This provides an opportunity for each team member to give their input and suggestions.
Your doctor will then contact you to schedule a second appointment. At this appointment the different treatment options available to you will be discussed. You are then able to select which treatment options you would like to explore. Subsequently you will be referred to the relevant team members e.g. you may choose to start with introducing an exercise routine rather than starting with dietary modifications or you might want to start with nerve blocks before starting with physiotherapy.
Your team will work in close collaboration with each other and you to assist in managing your pain effectively, and improve your quality of life.