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Chronic Pain Clinic

Chronic Pain Clinic

 

Chronic Pain Clinic overview

  • Run exclusively by a Certified RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
  • Providing holistic pain management for pets with longstanding and/or inadequately controlled long term pain
  • Routine follow-up consultations facilitate continually updated individual pain management plans ensuring pain remains under control.
 

Referring a patient is rapid and easy:

  • Register the client either by telephone or on-line (you qualify for entry into our quarterly draw with the on-line option!)
  • Supply the history and any lab results either on-line, with the owner or by post, fax or email to: [email protected]
  • Run exclusively by a Certified RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
  • Providing holistic pain management for pets with longstanding and/or inadequately controlled long term pain
  • Routine follow-up consultations facilitate continually updated individual pain management plans ensuring pain remains under control.

Referring a patient is rapid and easy:

  • Register the client either by telephone or on-line (you qualify for entry into our quarterly draw with the on-line option!)
  • Supply the history and any lab results either on-line, with the owner or by post, fax or email to: [email protected]

Jacques
Ferreira

BSc BVSc MSc MMEDVET(Anaes) DiplECVAA

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
South African Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

What is the role of a Chronic Pain Clinic?

The Chronic Pain Clinic is a Specialist-led service, providing holistic pain management for patients with longstanding and/or inadequately controlled long term pain. In some patients there is a need for continual pain management and the Chronic Pain Clinic is the ideal service to provide continuous support. Routine follow-up consultations provide an avenue for updating of the individual pain management plans ensuring your pet’s pain remains under control.

 

What patients would benefit from the Chronic Pain Clinic?

Any patient with chronic disease resulting in long term pain may benefit from chronic pain management. The most commonly seen patients are dogs and cats with chronic joint disease such as osteoarthritis. In these patients, the alleviation of stiff joints and muscles using a combination of pharmacological and physical interventions such as acupuncture can go a long way to improving mobility and overall quality of life.

The scope of chronic pain therapy is not however restricted to orthopaedic disease. Patients with a history of back problems and trapped nerves, chronic abdominal disease, cats with chronic cystitis, and even patient with some forms of cancer may benefit.

 

What are the treatments available?

Management of chronic pain is primarily through administration of pain killers specific to the pain state of each animal. Additionally, the use of therapies such as acupuncture and or physiotherapy may be employed where appropriate.

 

What are the most common causes of Chronic Pain that may require referral?

  • Osteoarthritic and muscular disease
  • Nervous system related pain syndromes e.g. chiari-like malformation and intervertebral disc prolapse
  • Cancer pain
  • Chronic visceral pain syndromes e.g. persistent inflammatory bowel disease or chronic pancreatitis.

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