Published Fri, 2012-06-08 13:00; updated 4 years ago.

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The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH) has developed a programme for people with persistent back pain.

The Oswestry Pain Management Programme is a residential programme available through the NHS which has been helping approximately 170 people every year since 1994. Established by consultant spinal surgeon Professor Stephen Eisenstein, the programme provides two to three week courses to help people understand their pain and how to take control and manage their condition to gradually improve both their physical and mental well-being.

Supported by recent guidance from both the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the British Pain Society, the courses offer a variety of activities including pilates, yoga and meditation alongside educational and practical sessions.

Those attending range in age from 18 to 85, with 6-8 participants per programme. Patients are offered individual and group sessions to help them apply the knowledge and skills learned during their stay to their individual circumstances. Peer support developed during the group sessions is invaluable during the programme and afterwards, when patients return home.

The team has been led by Clinical Surgical Assistant Mrs Caroline Evans since 1998 and is part of the RJAH rehabilitation service. Specialisms include physiotherapy, dietetics, psychology and pharmacy; all members of the team are experienced in the management of chronic pain based on the most up to date clinical evidence.