Oswestry Pain Management Programme

The overall aim of the programme is to improve patients' function physically and psychologically within existing pain limitations. Patients will not necessarily experience pain relief during or immediately after attendance on the programme, but by giving them the opportunity to become more active without fear of pain or damage, some may gain a reduction in their overall level of pain. More commonly, sound practical management and alternative ways of dealing with personal or external thoughts and attitudes to pain may provide the confidence to live a normal life alongside pain.

Established by Professor Stephen Eisenstein in 1994 and originally known as the Functional Restoration Programme, the Oswestry Pain Management Programme (OPMP) is one of a handful of residential chronic pain management programmes in England. Small groups of patients are accommodated in the Garden Cottages, which encourages a sense of independence within a 'homely' environment.

About the programmes

The service offers two and three week chronic pain and condition management programmes, with emphasis on improving function physically and psychologically within existing pain limitations. These are residential courses running Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, for the duration of the programme.

The approach to treatment is holistic, using the latest evidence based Cognitive Behavioural principles, along with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. The approach recognises the physical and psychological impact that chronic pain may have on the ability to lead a normal, enjoyable life. Through integrated input from staff in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, pharmacology and dietetics, the programme addresses ways of dealing effectively with these issues by offering individuals some understanding for the reasons and consequences of persistent pain, along with education in the use of pain management techniques, problem solving and realistic goal planning.

The programme takes into account each individual's needs for physical reconditioning through a graded approach to activity and exercise. Active participation within the safety of a group environment can also encourage a reduction in the fear of movement and an increase in self confidence. Self-reported benefits gained within the programme, in conjunction with positive feedback from the team, may facilitate a lifelong commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle with an emphasis on self management and independence.

How can I be referred?

Referrals are accepted from GPs, consultants, clinical specialist physiotherapists/nurses assessing in spinal clinics, or from private sources.

Find out what our patients says about the OPMP

The film below features some of our OPMP patients, we hope you find it useful.

Oswestry Pain Management Programme Film from RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT on Vimeo.

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Oswestry Pain Management Programme, Garden Cottage,
RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital  NHS Foundation Trust, Oswestry,
Shropshire, SY10 7AG