232 William St Bathurst NSW 2795
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Email: contact@cwpainspecialists.com.au

Multidisciplinary pain management for the individual living in their community

Living with persistent pain and finding quality of life

Dr Ian Thong Pain Specialist

Grad. Cert. Pain Management, Cert. Occupational Medicine.


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Dr Thong is the pain Specialist on the multidisciplinary team. Trained at the Royal North Shore pain clinic and in Canada he brings his experience in rural general practice, musculoskeletal medicine, psychological and rehabilitation and occupational medicine, and research experience in neurobiology to offer comprehensive assessment and treatment for people with acute, acute on chronic and chronic pain.

He is one of the rare full-time rural pain specialists practicing in Australia. With his main office located in Bathurst, he also visits Dubbo, Forbes, Lithgow, Mudgee, and Parkes, and recognises the needs of rural patients with chronic pain.  He is regularly asked to speak at national and international conferences and has journal publications.

The latest research shows that chronic pain affects about 1 in 5 people in Australia ie about 4 and half million. While the majority of these patients manage with simple treatment, there are still about a million people in Australia who have complex pain that affects their daily activities, their ability to work, sleep, impacts on their family, friends and quality of life. Pain treatment has significantly changed in the last few years. While many of the medications haven’t changed, the application of new knowledge has changed the way chronic and acute pain is managed.

Central West Pain Specialists Clinic in Bathurst was established because it was clear that after working 10 years as a GP treating chronic pain patients, a pain specialist was needed in the region. The evidence supports an integrated pain management approach. This means the physiotherapist, psychologist and pain specialist work closely together optimizing treatment through a communicative working relationship. Our practice has the added advantage of a pharmacist in the group who can advise on medications and the complex interaction between all medications being taken.

How do we help.

  • Comprehensive pain assessment
  • Optimising medicaltreatment. The right drug(s), minimising drug interaction and side effects and assessing the risk of medication dependence. The right intervention and appropriate referral if surgery would be helpful.
  • Assessing the physical aspects of pain and advising on the most effective treatment.
  • Assessing and addressing barriers that slow progress and improvement.
  • Assessing beliefs and thoughts and the impact this and mental distress has on the pain experienced and recovery.
  • Helping with social and environmental factors that are impacting on the person’s pain management.
  • Assisting the patient move forward and improve quality of life, even with persistent pain.
  • Assisting towards returning to work.

What do we treat.

  • Acute, acute on chronic and chronic pain.
  • Musculoskeletal pain such as osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, fibromyalgia.
  • Neck, back and joint pain
  • Neuropathic pain including MS, diabetes.
  • Pain from head injury, stroke, degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease, MS, motor neurone disease
  • Headaches
  • Pain associated with diseases
  • Pain from injury – work, motor vehicle accidents, sport.
  • Spinal cord injury pain
  • Amputation pain
  • Optimising treatment in patients with renal, liver and other metabolic disease
  • Pain of genetic disorders
  • Cancer pain
  • Patients with pain implants such as spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps.
  • Persistent post-operative pain and pain from surgical complications.
  • Paediatric and adolescent pain.
  • Pain in the older person.
  • Anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental illness that impacts on pain.
  • Chronic pain from injury including sport, work and trauma.
  • Education on pain and managing with pain
  • Physical deconditioning due to chronic pain.

Other services provided:

  • Pain consultation in nursing homes
  • Pre-employment assessment.
  • Advice when pain is slowing rehabilitation or returning to work.
  • Exercise advice.
  • Pain and substance dependence.
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