The CCDHB Pain Service
The Wellington Regional Pain Service serves the lower half of the North Island and the upper half of the South Island. The service is based at the Wellington Regional Hospital.
The service is a multidisciplinary service and is engaged in the various aspects of pain management, including multidisciplinary assessments and treatment, medication reviews, pain management programmes, functional assessments and interventional procedures.
Our aim is to facilitate both physical and emotional wellbeing and a return to a healthy and functional role in the family and community.
Our team members include:
- A Clinical Psychologist
- Occupational Therapists
- Specialist Nurse
Pain, by definition, is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage. It is both a physiologic sensation and an emotional reaction to that sensation. Chronic pain can be difficult to understand.
Some of the conditions treated in the clinic include the following:
- musculoskeletal pains - back pain, myofascial pain syndromes
- neuropathic pain
- functional pain syndromes
- complex regional pain syndrome - both types1 and 2
- amputation pain including phantom limb pain, stump pain, and phantom limb sensation
- orofacial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia
- post herpetic neuralgias
- abdominal pain
- pelvic pain including endometriosis related pain
- pain and pregnancy
- opiate use and or misuse in conjunction with the Regional Drug and Alcohol Addiction services
- cancer pain, in conjunction with the Palliative Care Unit, in the form of medications and interventions.