If there is such a thing as a ‘pain and well-being geek’ – that’s me!
I find pain fascinating and enthusiastically read pain research, patient stories and well-being literature to provide my patients with the best advice available. I apply the latest understanding of pain to your situation. There is no one size fits all approach. My treatment approach appreciates the uniqueness of every patient and their life story.
Helping people is hugely rewarding, even though I have seen so many people with new and persistent pain it continues to be a fantastic occupation. When a patient with a new injury returns for their next appointment feeling so much better, it’s a great joy to have been a part of that process. Then I discovered something that was even more rewarding – helping people who have long-term pain. For some clinicians hearing a long and complex pain history is a heart-sink moment – where do you start? what could you possibly do to help? But I love to hear a person’s pain story – each one is a unique puzzle. Together we gather the pieces to try and make sense of the situation and identify strategies to start living well again. To play a part in supporting someone to stop planning their life around pain and find a way forward, find hope, is in my opinion one of the best jobs you could have.
I work with people with joint aches and pains, the most common is back pain but I also treat people with neck, knee, shoulder or other muscle and joint pain. Around half my patients have a new pain that came on within the last few days or weeks and the other half have pain that may have been present for months or even years. Treatments aim to equip you to manage your own pain with movement, pacing activities, improving well-being and most importantly exercise. It’s a goal focussed approach to help you get back to doing the things that matter to you.
No-one should have to live a life ruled by pain, without hope, feeling all alone, struggling.
Long-term pain usually can’t be cured but I believe there is always a path forward towards changing the experience and improving quality of life. I have a passion for improving people’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Deborah works with people with aches and pains who want to get back to living well.