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April 23, 2021

If you are a patient of Dr John Prickett, it is very likely that he will ask you to complete the ACI “My Health Plan”. We have saved a copy of this here for you to help along your journey with NIPM. ACI Health Plan

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April 23, 2020

As you may have heard, the Australian Government made an announcement on the 21st of April in regards to the restrictions on elective surgery. Unfortunately pain procedures did not come under the category for reinstatement starting from the 28th April. What does this mean to NIPM and NIPM patients awaiting procedures? Unfortunately we can not book/rebook procedures as the restrictions still apply to us. Please be reassured that you will be contacted by a staff member from NIPM when we are able to give you a procedure date. Thank you for your patience at this time. In the meantime NIPM is constantly striving to provide you outstanding care, delivered in a safe manner during COVID-19. Please see link below to the official Australian Government Department of Health. There is a list under the Prime Minister’s statement of elective surgery that will recommence. Please remain positive and safe. Thank you from th

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August 26, 2017

Spinal pain can be divided into short term (acute recent onset) and long term (chronic). Treatment varies according to the type of pain you’re experiencing. Short-term pain is best managed by remaining active, rather than resting, according to specialist pain management physician Dr Simon Tame, from Northern Integrated Pain Management (NIPM). “Simple pain killers (anti-inflammatories or paracetamol) can be used providing they are effective. Stronger pain killers should be avoided. “Education and reassurance about low back pain is very important. Patients need to know the problem is quite likely to resolve, and rarely dangerous.” Long-term (chronic) spinal pain is a more complex problem. “People who experience long-term pain often develop associated problems such as depression, poor sleep, weight gain, and disability related to pain,” Dr Tame said. “In any long-term pain the way the brain processes pain changes, essentially making the pain-processing system more sensitive, and the problem more entrenched. These various problems associated with long-term pain all feed into each other. “In this case, a multi-disciplinary treatment that addresses psychological, physical and social factors is the best approach.” Multidisciplinary treatment can involve practitioners such as physical therapists, psychologists, nurses and doctors with a focus on things like physical

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August 12, 2017

Focus on Function Should be Priority

Chronic pain is distinguished from acute pain which is a more normal part of life e.g. a skinned knee, a bone fracture.
Like all other chronic diseases, chronic pain should be managed with the focus being on optimising function rather than a continual focus on trying to find the “broken part”, searching for a cure or elimination of symptoms.
The chronic pain condition is often related to and complicated by other issues such as:
  • Reduced activity and exercise levels
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Personal, family, work and financial stress
“It’s important that when seeking treatment for a chronic pain condition, your treating specialist understands how chronic pain affects both the individual and their families,” says Dr John Prickett, from Northern Integrated Pain Management (NIPM), in Newcastle.
Dr Prickett is a specialist anaesthetist with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of anaesthesia and pain management.
“Whilst some chronic pain problems can be relatively simple to treat, others require an integrated approach,” he said. “Effective treatment is guided by a patient-centred approach and ide

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November 30, 2016

By Dr Christie Mason, Clinical Pain Psychologist at Northern Integrated Pain Management

Pain is just the catalyst. Its not necessarily about the pain, its about everything it takes away from you. Before Mary had pain, she slept nine hours a night, now she sleeps 2. Before Mark had pain he enjoyed camping and fishing, now he is unable to mow the lawn. Before Melissa had pain she worked long hours in her job and loved it, now she is unable to sit for any more than 20 minutes at a time and works 2 half days per week in a completely different job. These are all very common stories in pain management. The pain wouldn’t be quite so debilitating if it didn’t turn worlds upside down. Then the downward spiral begins. Mary, because she only sleeps for 2 hours a night now, finds she cannot concentrate during the day because she is so tired Mark, who is now unable to complete basic tasks around the home, watches his wife mow the lawn, and begins to feel useless and worthless. Melissa, who can no longer work in her old role, feels a loss of identity and a loss of control in a job she previously loved and owned. Poor memory, physically deconditioning, depression, anger, hopelessness, and a loss of control are all common problems experienced by chronic pain sufferers. As a pain psychologist, I tend to see chronic pain sufferers when they are at their worst. Some people who enter

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June 11, 2015
Neck Pain Solutions

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is an implantable pain management device. It involves small flexible electrodes (“leads”) being placed in the epidural space of the spine through needles. Safe electrical pulses are passed through the leads – which creates a powerful pain blocking effect for lower back pain.

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June 11, 2015

In recent decades, narcotic medications have been widely used outside hospitals for managing pain. In Australia the prescription of narcotics for chronic pain in the community has escalated over the last 10-15 years. Prescription levels now seem more stable.

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