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Treatments for Pain

The various treatments and approaches that we can use to try to help with pain are discussed further in the pages linked from the menu on the right.  

Pain is a very complex condition and sadly it is rare for there to be a simple single treatment or intervention that will completely take pain away.  However, hopefully a treatment or combination of treatments may help to reduce pain and also, very importantly, provide a window of opportunity or reduction of pain to allow resetting of the vicious cycles maintaining pain and to improve activity and function.

We would see our role as both management of the pain but, equally important, aiding people's self management of their pain.

Various approaches can be tried, and these include Medications, Psychological Approaches, Procedures and Stimulation Produced Analgesia.  




Pain Patient Pathways

The British Pain Society has, with Map of Medicine, produced a number of well-researched and helpful Pain Patient Pathways.  These British Pain Society endorsed pathways can be accessed by accessing the following link

With the aim of establishing normal patterns of management for chronic pain sufferers, the British Pain Society has been working to produce several new pain patient pathways. These are based upon NICE guidelines, scientific evidence and other published guidelines where possible. These pathways can be used to support care and commissioning.

There are five in total:

  • Initial assessment and early management of pain
  • Spinal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Chronic widespread pain, including fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain.

They have been published and are also accessible on the Map of Medicine website ( access these on the Map of Medicine website, you need to be in the ENGLAND view.









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Pain Service Website, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Webmaster Dr J G de Courcy, Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia
email: pain.webmaster[at]

Page updated 19/02/2016