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Airing Pain 70: The Case for Pain Management

Move­ment as med­i­cine and putting pain man­age­ment cen­tre stage

This edi­tion has been fund­ed by a grant from The Hos­pi­tal Sat­ur­day Fund.

Make sure you stand up and do a few stretch­es after lis­ten­ing to this episode of Air­ing Pain. ‘Move­ment is med­i­cine’ for peo­ple in pain, says con­sul­tant phys­io­ther­a­pist Eve Jen­ner. But it’s about more than just exer­cise – phys­io­ther­a­pists can help peo­ple under­stand pain, know the dif­fer­ence between ‘hurt and harm’ and get a bet­ter night’s sleep.

Under­stand­ing pain mat­ters for doc­tors and pub­lic health offi­cials too, argues pio­neer of pain man­age­ment ser­vices Pro­fes­sor Michael Bond. It’s not just polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness to look at pain as a prob­lem in itself; it’s a ques­tion of biol­o­gy. Changes in the spinal cord make pain persist.

Get­ting the mes­sage across could be a mat­ter of life and death. Research sug­gests that delays in the diag­no­sis and treat­ment of per­sis­tent pain can reduce life expectan­cy, Dr Manohar Shar­ma says. He explains why work­ing as a team of dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ists, includ­ing the per­son in pain, is cru­cial for mak­ing the com­plex spinal inter­ven­tions he spe­cialis­es in succeed.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Stretch­ing, activ­i­ty, exer­cise, phys­io­ther­a­py, sleep, insom­nia, spinal inter­ven­tion, pain as a con­di­tion in its own right, pol­i­cy, surgery, edu­cat­ing health pro­fes­sion­als and the mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary approach.


  • Michael Bond, retired Pro­fes­sor of Psy­cho­log­i­cal Med­i­cine and Pain Con­cern patron
  • Manohar Shar­ma, Clin­i­cal Direc­tor of Pain Med­i­cine at The Wal­ton Centre
  • Eve Jen­ner, inde­pen­dent Con­sul­tant Physiotherapist.


At last! Some­one with real exe­sp­tire gives us the answer. Thanks!

For6 days I have been climb­ing the wall in pain with shin­gles with­out the rash

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