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Chronic Pain

The old-fashioned treatment for persistent pain, also known as chronic pain, was bed rest for weeks or months on end. We now know this is the worst possible approach. Exercise and continuing to work are key to recovery.

Forget resting - lying in bed for long periods may actually make the pain last longer because inactivity makes the body stiffen up, muscles and bones get weaker, sleep is poor and the pain feels worse.

A better approach to reducing pain is a combination of exercise, staying at work, physical therapy and/or painkiller.

You can read more about ways to manage chronic pain on the NHS website.


For GPs

Scarborough Pain Service

Drug Therapy Flow Chart for Chronic Nociceptive Pain

Drug Therapy Flow Chart for Neuropathic Pain

ESCAPE-Pain - new pilot programme in Scarborough and Ryedale

Faye's story: good practice when prescribing opioids for chronic pain 


See also

Pain Management and CNS

Patient experience attending Escape-Pain sessions


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