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Chronic pain

Symptoms and treatment for chronic pain

Chronic pain impacts on your physical and mental wellbeing. Our experts explain the causes and the treatment options.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is when pain lasts for a significant length of time, beyond three months. There can be many reasons for the pain, including nerve damage or pain following an accident or operation. It can also be a result of a condition such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms and causes of chronic pain? icon plus

    Chronic (ongoing) pain can be the result of:
    • pain following an injury or operation
    • a condition such as diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome or multiple sclerosis
    • back injuries
    • damage to the nerves
    • reduced blood or oxygen supply

    Everyone feels pain differently, so it can be difficult to describe the symptoms of chronic pain. It is a complex condition that can have a serious impact on your physical and mental well being.

    When we have had an injury or been through an operation we expect to be in pain for some time, but when the pain persists it can cause frustration and lead to stress and even depression.
  • How is chronic pain diagnosed? icon plus

    There is no set test to diagnose chronic pain, so your consultant will be keen to build up a picture of your medical history to discover the underlying cause.

    Often, there are lots of ways that you can help yourself. It’s important to stay active, doing low-impact exercise that doesn’t put too much strain on yourself and continuing to work if possible.

    Many people also benefit from a bespoke treatment plan. At HCA UK, we offer a holistic and tailored service to patients who suffer from chronic pain, whatever the cause.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Our multidisciplinary pain management team is made up of pain management consultants, specialist surgeons, nurses, osteopaths, rheumatologists and therapists who work together to deliver the best treatment.

    Depending on the nature and severity of your pain, we provide a wide range of treatment options and pain management techniques — from pain relieving medication, injections and nerve blocks to physio, occupational therapy and psychological support. Our experts are dedicated to improving your comfort, supporting your recovery and helping you get back to the activities you enjoy.

Our pain management specialist

We're proud to work with leading consultants who specialise in managing long term pain, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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Our locations

From complex pain management techniques to pyschological support, we provide exceptional pain management care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7483 5348

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street


    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7034 6602

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road


    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street


    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • Elstree facility

    The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront

    The Waterfront Business Park

    Beaufort House, Elstree Road, Elstree WD6 3BS

    Call 020 3907 4500

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    Chiswick Medical Centre

    Chiswick Medical Centre, Bond House

    347-353 Chiswick High Road

    London  W4 4HS


  • Institute of Sport Exercise and Health Facility

    Institute of Sport Exercise and Health

    170 Tottenham Court Road


    W1T 7HA

    Call 020 3447 2800
    [Mon | Weds | Fri] 8am - 8pm
    [Tues | Thurs] 8am - 8pm

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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