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What is local anaesthetic and how does it work? Local anaesthetic is a medicine that aims to numb a specific area of the body. It works by blocking the nerves that are sending pain messages to the brain and wears off after several hours. Why is local anaesthetic used for pain after surgery? Local...

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What is a Versatis patch? Versatis is the brand name of a medicated patch which contains lidocaine. Lidocaine belongs to a group of medicines known as local anaesthetics, which work by temporarily blocking the pathways of pain signals along the nerves. What is it used for? For the relief of...

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What is desensitisation? Some people who experience persistent pain will have increased sensitivity to things like touch, pressure, or temperature in the skin of the affected area. Desensitisation is an effective way to treat this increased sensitivity. Desensitisation techniques are used to...

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What is pregabalin? Pregabalin belongs to a type of medicines used to treat neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by nerves not working normally. The pain can feel like: hotness burning throbbing shooting sharpness cramping tingling numbness ‘pins and needles’ What are the types...

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What is tramadol? Tramadol is a painkiller that belongs to a type of medicine called ‘opioids’ that act on the central nervous system. Tramadol is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. What types of tramadol are available? Tramadol can come in capsules, soluble tablets,...

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What is the pain clinic? The pain clinic has a multidisciplinary team that provides assessment, treatment and support for young people and their families with recurrent or long-standing (chronic) pain problems. Where is the pain clinic? The pain clinic appointment will either be virtual or...

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What is PCA, NCA and continuous analgesia infusion? Analgesia is just a word for a type of medicine that relives pain (painkillers). Children who are given good pain control (analgesia) tend to make a faster recovery. Patient controlled analgesia (PCA) and nurse controlled analgesia (NCA) and...

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Please note that this information resource should be used alongside the manufacturer’s instructions for the TENS machine you are using. What is TENS and how does TENS work? TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It is a gentle, patient controlled therapy which helps provide...

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