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Airing Pain 57: Self-Management, Psychology and ‘Physio-terrorists’

Stiff joints and dark thoughts: treat­ment of pain and the person

This edi­tion has been fund­ed by a grant from the Scot­tish Government.

‘Pain med­i­cine isn’t good at deal­ing with the effect of pain on the per­son’, says Jonathan Ban­nis­ter, Head of the Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Pain Team at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal, Dundee. Paul Evans vis­its the clin­ic where Mr Ban­nis­ter and some of his col­leagues talk about how they care for peo­ple in pain.We hear about the dif­fi­cul­ties of get­ting a refer­ral and how pain spe­cial­ists can help GPs add pain man­age­ment to their arma­men­tar­i­um, or doc­tors’ toolk­it. Phys­io­ther­a­pist Lynn Sheri­dan describes how she has to win the trust of patients scared of vis­its to the “physio-ter­ror­ist” after encoun­ters with the vig­or­ous meth­ods of tra­di­tion­al phys­io­ther­a­py. Her more gen­tle approach focus­es on regain­ing func­tion and help­ing peo­ple do more with­out flare-ups.

Help­ing peo­ple dis­tin­guish between their thoughts and the truth is one of the key aims of Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist, Dr Jonathan Tod­man. He explains why men­tal health is very often affect­ed by chron­ic pain and how pain affects peo­ple with men­tal health problems.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Phys­io­ther­a­py, joint pain, depres­sion, men­tal health, flare-up, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary, wait­ing times, the biopsy­choso­cial mod­el, patient expe­ri­ence, activ­i­ty-rest cycle, relax­ation tech­niques, anx­i­ety, and OCD: obses­sive com­pul­sive disorder.


  • Jonathan Ban­nis­ter, Con­sul­tant in Anaes­the­sia and Pain Man­age­ment, Ninewells Hos­pi­tal, Dundee
  • Lynn Sheri­dan, Phys­io­ther­a­pist, Ninewells Hos­pi­tal, Dundee
  • Jonathan Tod­man, Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist, Ninewells Hos­pi­tal, Dundee.


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