Dr. Norm Buckley
Pain, resulting from injury or illness, has a beneficial function in preventing further injury and motivating protective actions to support recovery. However, pain may persist beyond the state of recovery and stops having a protective function – it can become a problem in and of itself.
This is often described as the negative pain cycle, leading to worsening function, deteriorating quality of life and perhaps even mood or personality change.
Chronic pain as a disease can be usefully described as a ‘Bio Psycho Social’ problem in which elements not only of physiology must be considered but also psychological and social factors affecting health.
In this talk Dr. Buckley will discuss some of the background to the biopsychosocial model of pain as well as non-pharmacological pain care which includes pain education, behavioural and physical strategies.