Pain Management Unit (PMU)

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Introducing the Pain Management Unit (PMU) – a daily, professional clinic, providing rapid access to expert pain specialists and treatment within the same visit.

Our approach is radical – we treat pain from the patient’s perspective, assessing needs rapidly by world leading experts and then prioritise the delivery of treatment as soon as possible – often on the very same day.

PMU is dedicated to our HSSH ethos of collaboration with the world’s leading pain management specialists, and has been created to give patients and medical professionals the tools they need to provide urgent relief from pain.

We are proud to work with some of the leading experts in pain. PMU comprises a team of senior experts made up of radiologists, physiotherapists, pain management consultants, spinal surgeons and neurosurgeons.

PMU runs every weekday and is available Monday to Friday 4pm – 6pm. During these times our extensive and highly experienced pain team will be able to see and treat people on the same day.

The service is covered by all major insurance companies, or we have clear and affordable prices for those wishing to pay for themselves.

Treatments

InjectionsThere are several different types of injection depending on where your pain is and how it is caused.

Ultrasound guided injection Ultrasound is used for the specialist to see the tissues within the affected area.  It enables the injection to be very accurately guided into the area causing the most pain.  Ultrasound guided injections are very common and are found to have high success rates and patient satisfaction.

There are several types of injections able to be performed under ultrasound guidance these include:

  • Steroid injections
  • Viscosupplementation into joint injection
  • Nerve block

Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that uses a patient’s own blood to concentrate the platelets and target damaged or injured body tissue. Other treatments

  • Rapid Orthopaedic Hand unit
  • Regenerative Medicine (Outpatient)
  • In house Physiotherapy

Living with pain

Living with pain can be life limiting. We know that whether pain is acute (triggered by another condition, or because of trauma or injury) or if it is chronic pain (lasting 3 months or more) the impact on a person’s life is tremendous. Creating proper solutions for alleviating or managing pain is critical for emotional wellbeing. Taking real action can influence a positive state of mind, which studies have shown to assist in better outcomes for managing long term pain.

The purpose of pain within the body has a positive role. Pain is a warning signal that has evolved over millennia to make people aware of danger. There are pain receptors in skin, organs and nerves that detect danger and send an urgent message to the brain. An instantaneous reflex action will move the body part away from danger. This process makes links with physical reaction, thoughts and emotions.

Pain is prevalent. It is believed that currently in the UK, one third of all adults suffer with lower back pain. Around 20% of these people seek advice from their GP*. This equates to around 2.6 million patients every year**.

Managing a pain-free life

PMU puts people in control of their pain. We support people to take charge of their pain through our range of treatments. Our expert team provide a whole-body approach to pain management. Taking affirmative action can help physically and emotionally to deal with chronic pain.

The team comprises of both doctors and consultant surgeons with the ability to cross-refer within the hospital depending on the specific needs of the patient. Our experts work across the board and are specialists in pain management, Orthopaedics and Oral Maxillofacial surgery. Our experts always focus on conservative management and treatment pathways first. We provide a broad range of pain expertise for:

  • Spinal
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Dental
  • Back
  • Shoulder, Upper limb and hand
  • Knee, hip, foot and ankle

As part of this process, HSSH anonymously records data to monitor best outcomes for patients to optimise and improve service levels and evidence the effectiveness of treatment. We do not have waiting lists at HSSH.

Diagnostic scans

It is important that consultants are aware of the full extent of a patient’s condition before any treatment is advised. As such at HSSH we have immediate access to world-class scanning in the form of MRI, CT scan and X ray.

How much do pain treatments cost?

HSSH offers both affordable self-pay options, but also works with leading insurers including BUPA and AXA. Self-pay options for patients start from £1,850 for a spinal injectionWe offer fast access to expert consultants across a wide range of pain management therapies. If you’re looking for an end to the source of your pain, please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0)20 4513 2244 or email pmu@hssh.health

Man getting out of a chair with back pain

Enquire about our pain management unit

We offer fast access to expert consultants across a wide range of pain management therapies. If you’re looking for an end to the source of your pain, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Call: +44 (0)20 4513 2244

Email: pmu@hssh.health

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Meet our Pain Management Consultants

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