1. Introduction to Pain
What is chronic pain and how can we manage it? We talk to health professionals and patients to find out more.
First broadcast 28.09.10
In this first Airing Pain programme we introduce the subject of pain and its management with contributors with a variety of expertise and experience. Professors Blair Smith and Richard Langford take us through the causes of chronic pain and conditions associated with it, while Sherrill Snelgrove and Kiera Jones talk about the challenges faced by patients in being understood by the health professions. Dr Beverly Collett and explains the importance of the patients’ own understanding in managing their condition and keeping active.
We also feature short interviews with some of the experts we’ll hear more from in later programmes: Professor David Walsh discusses the importance of multidisciplinary approaches in helping patients to manage their pain, Professor Nick Alcott and Claire Rayner encourage older people to get help with their pain and Nicole Tang talks about how people with pain can improve their sleep, and finally, Pete Moore give some words of encouragement based on his own experience of learning to live well with pain.
In this programme:
Dr Beverly Collett –Introduction to Pain
Dr Sherrill Snelgrove – Chronic Lower Back Pain
Kiera Jones- Personal Story
Dr David Laird- Pacing
Dr Steve Allen- Pain Clinics
Claire Rayner, Patron of Pain Concern- Nursing and Pain/Patron’s Voice
Professor Blair Smith- “What is Pain?”
Professor Richard Langford- The British Pain Society
Professor David Walsh-Arthritis Related Pain
Ian Semmons (Chair, Action on Pain)- Action on Pain
Professor Nick Allcock- Pain in Older People
Dr Nicole Tang- Sleep and Pain
Pete Moore- Living with Pain
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