Comment: As part of the Psychology Week 2020 the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has released a series of resources related to managing chronic pain. There is strong evidence that engaging with a psychologist with experience in treating pain early in treatment can help recovery.
Getting timely access to the right treatment for pain is important
to reduce the risk of the pain persisting and to minimise the
impact of pain on physical, social and psychological wellbeing.
Many adults with chronic pain find it difficult to maintain their
usual routines, including attending work and completing study.
This can result in frequent or extended absences and a reduction
in participation in social, community and sporting activities.
Withdrawal from these important activities can lead to low
mood, social isolation and inactivity, and in turn can lead to a
further increase in pain...