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Welcome to the chronic pain management service, which is part of the musculoskeletal service.    

What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is pain which has persisted for more than three months (or more than the time required for normal tissue healing). In some cases, chronic pain can last for many years and it is a surprisingly common problem. 

Some studies suggest as many as one in seven people in the UK have some form of chronic pain condition. Sometimes treatments are able to ease the pain, but very often complete pain relief is not possible.

Who we are and what we do
We are a team of professionals who work with people with chronic pain. We see adults with musculoskeletal pain which has lasted for over three months and for whom no other treatments or tests are planned. Our team works with people to help them understand their condition and to find physical, practical and psychological ways of managing their pain and related problems.  

Managing chronic pain
Chronic pain can affect all aspects of life including activity levels, mood, work/study, and relationships. We know that chronic pain can present many challenges. Living well with pain involves finding ways to face these challenges so that your mood, coping and quality of life improves even if your pain is still there. An all-round plan including medical, practical end emotional solutions often works best. 

Managing chronic pain well involves taking an active role in looking after your own health. You can try some things for yourself, but if you need help or specialist advice your doctor or other health professional can point you in the right direction. 

There are tips on how to manage your chronic pain in the related links section.

How can we help you?
In St Helens we run a Chronic Pain Management Service to support people living with long term pain.