An A-Z Guide to

MANAGING YOUR PAIN


About ‘Managing Your Pain: An A-Z Guide’

‘Managing Your Pain: An A-Z Guide’ is a resource developed with funding from the Victorian Government, and produced by the team at Musculoskeletal Australia.

For support and advice from a specialist nurse, contact the MSK Help Line.
Phone: 1800 263 265 or email  helpline@msk.org.au 

Introduction

If you live with persistent (or chronic) pain, you’re not alone. It’s a common and complex problem that affects 1 in 5 Australians.

The good news is there are many things you can do to manage your pain. This A-Z guide will give you new ideas to try and will help you look at things you’re already doing in a fresh light.

It’s important that you don’t rely on just one thing to manage your pain, but have a variety of strategies and tools you can call on when needed. This will give you more control over your pain.  That’s why we’ve provided lots of strategies in this guide for you to sample and practise.

An important note – many of the treatment options in this guide will require you to put in some time and effort before you notice long lasting effects. You’ll need to commit yourself to regular practise, but the rewards are great.

“Do or do not. There is no try.”  Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back


How to use this guide

This guide is not intended to be read from front to back – although you could certainly do that.  We think the most helpful way to use this guide is to dip in, scan the contents and choose where you’d like to start. Each section is its own unique guide with information, hints, tips and links for more information.

Make notes and add your own thoughts, insights and experiences. This is your pain journey and pain guide – make it your own.  And if you have feedback on how we can improve this guide for others, please let us know.



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