How I Help
Specialists are doctors who are specially trained, qualified and revalidated so
that they can offer integrated, expert assessment and management of pain using
their own unique knowledge and skill set usually within the context of a
of Pain is aimed at reducing the pain, addressing the emotional impact of pain,
helping the patients move better and increasing well-being through a variety of
therapies including drug therapy and interventions such as an epidural.
analysis of the patient’s condition is made during a consultation and if needs
be, diagnostic tests such as an MRI can be ordered in order to make a
comprehensive, holistic and individual plan.
Alexander-Williams also works alongside physiotherapists and psychologists and
attends weekly spinal multi-disciplinary team meetings where complex cases can
be discussed with his surgical and radiology colleagues. Services available are:
assessment of the patient (including physical complaints, functional
limitations, psychological status and the occupational and social impact
of the pain)
Ordering of new
Formulation of a
Communication with all
relevant healthcare professionals and carers
Onward referral to
other healthcare professionals if appropriate
Performance of interventional procedures
Referral for physical
or psychological techniques
Follow-up plans and appropriate discharge
Pain Medicine Specialists utilise a broad range of treatments which include, but are not limited to:
Pharmacological: analgesics along with a range of other co-analgesic and adjuvant medication used to treat a wide variety of nociceptive, neuropathic, visceral and other long-term pain syndromes. Click HERE for more information.
Analgesia: Pain Medicine Specialists may prescribe a combination of analgesics including specialist medications focused on pain caused by nerve injury. Unfortunately for some patients with chronic pain drugs may have little or no effect and so medication may also be reduced and stopped to prevent harm.
Interventional techniques: Pain Medicine Specialists may perform treatment with radiofrequency waves to destroy nerves or modify their function. A very small number of patients may need referral for consideration of spinal cord stimulation. Click HERE for more information.
Physiotherapy: physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic therapy designed to build strength and flexibility, improve mobility and reduce disability.
Psychotherapy: individual therapy and in rare cases referral for psychiatric assessment. This is designed to reduce the impact of the pain on an individual’s mood, well being and social interactions.