The Swiss Pain Institute’s strategy involves carefully analysing the patient and their pain. This means that the patient benefits from a holistic approach to their discomfort all the way from initial diagnosis to treatment.
Our team do their utmost to understand each patient’s lifestyle and hopes so treatment offered is as relevant as possible. For example, a young sportsman experiencing localised pain is likely to follow an entirely different pathway to one taken by an elderly person.
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Listen to the patient
When a person is in pain it can take over their whole life. Pain is difficult to explain and hard for other people and sometimes even for health professionals to understand. It can also have a significant psychological and social impact on the sufferer.
The Swiss Pain Institute uses a multidisciplinary approach with biomedical and, if necessary, psychosocial elements. Our initial focus is on listening carefully to the patient and understanding their life. This gives us a good understanding of how their pain presents and how it impacts their quality of life, enabling us to tailor treatment to suit. We adapt our approach to meet individual patient needs in a sustainable way.
Understand the pain
The initial consultation is with a pain doctor. We talk about your pain and your history and establish the different elements of the problem using a pre-appointment questionnaire. This consultation enables us to draw up a treatment plan together.
Some patients experiencing back pain will only need one or two diagnostic tests followed by minimally invasive treatment, while others will have to be seen by the whole team (including doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, nurses and others). We refer to this as a biopsychosocial treatment model. It is important to take stock of the situation, understand all its aspects and decide on appropriate treatment and ways to manage the pain and resulting suffering.
We are ably assisted by a range of specialists in different fields including neurologists, rheumatologists, oncologists, neurosurgeons, general surgeons and orthopaedists. They too share their expertise and give the patient attentive and comprehensive support to provide relief and improve quality of life.
Treat the pain
With cutting-edge equipment and innovative techniques at its disposal, the Swiss Pain Institute provides a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services to achieve the best outcomes for pain sufferers at each stage of their journey, with every patient given an individual treatment package.
Throughout a patient’s time with us, the same specialist doctor will manage their treatment. This doctor is supported by a multidisciplinary team and, if necessary, by consultants in specific fields (physiotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, osteopaths, hypnotherapists and others). The patient’s local referring doctor is informed of all developments.
For persistent pain requiring further diagnostic testing (e.g. back pain), we often use minimally invasive approaches to determine the anatomical structure(s) causing the pain. Specific anaesthetic techniques are employed in these situations. We provide hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy, osteopathy, rehabilitation and other approaches in association with our consultants and specialist colleagues.
Diagnostic testing is often carried out in close collaboration with our physiotherapists. These specialists carefully examine the patient before and after the doctor’s tests to critically assess any changes. Treatment is also jointly carried out and discussed by our team and physiotherapists outside the Institute.
The Institute’s nurses offer patients constant support during their time with us. Patients are often inclined to share problems with these “listening ears” that they may not feel comfortable mentioning to the doctors. Such information can be key and is often subsequently integrated in the overall treatment plan. Our nurses also educate patients about their particular situation and about general health matters. The patient/nurse relationship is key to deepening the understanding of patients and their loved ones.