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Physiotherapy works: leaflet promotes benefits of physio in chronic pain care

24 April 2014 - 3:11pm

The CSP’s chronic pain leaflet – part of the physiotherapy works series – is ‘getting the message out’ about how the profession maximises activity, improves quality of life and promotes self-management for people with chronic pain.

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That’s the message from Martin Hey, chair of the Physiotherapy Pain Association. He said that chronic pain is going up the political and health agenda, so it’s important that physiotherapy is recognised as an integral part of delivering the best outcomes for patients.

The leaflet, published in April, says that chronic pain can impact significantly on physical and emotional wellbeing. Physiotherapy can provide safe and cost-effective support and guide people with long-term pain towards the best possible quality of life.

Multidisciplinary pain management programmes, which include physiotherapy, are an effective intervention for people with chronic pain. Physiotherapy supports and enables people with chronic pain to remain in or return to work.

Mr Hey, a consultant physiotherapist in pain management at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said that physios are often not very good at advertising their services.

‘We are quite content to lurk in the background,’ he said. ‘And nowadays with such competition in the marketing and delivery of services, we can’t really afford to do that.’

He said the physiotherapy works leaflet could be of real value to healthcare commissioners and referrers. In addition, it could also be a means of prompting patients who have received good quality physiotherapy, to tell NHS purchasers about its benefits.

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