Solutions We Offer

If pain is interfering with your wellbeing on a day-to-day basis, you’ll most likely benefit from having a team of health professionals supporting you —and helping you to help yourself. At Frankston Pain Management, our pain experts can work together to provide you with the right combination of tailored exercise, psychological therapy, practical advice and medication to reduce your disability, enhance your mood, improve your fitness and start living better.

Patient Assessment for Pain
Comprehensive Assessment

Before your first consultation

  • Please give us your doctor’s referral.
  • Please give us a summary from your GP if the referring doctor is not your normal doctor.
  • Please complete our FPM New Patient Questionnaire. You can download this from our website or you can call our clinic and ask us to post or email the form.
  • Please return these forms to us our clinic as soon as possible.
Pre-consultation assessment /clinic
  • We may ask you to attend a pre-consultation assessment.
Initial consultation with a pain medicine physician
  • A pain medicine physician will perform a comprehensive assessment on each patient. This may need more than one consultation for us to fully understand your problem.
  • From your consultation and assessment, a pain management plan will be formulated which may include a combination of our treatment options.

Helping Yourself to Treat Pain
Helping Yourself

Whole Person Pain    Read more
Understanding Pain and Helping Yourself in 5 minutes    Play (05: 00)
Understanding Chronic Pain    Play (8:54)
Why Things Hurt    Play (14:32)
The Mystery of Chronic Pain    Play (8:30)
The Conversation    Go to link

What is self management?      Play (4:06)
Cancer Related Fatigue    Play (9:47)
Coping with Persistent Pain      Read more
Pain Toolkit Australia Booklet      Read more
Pain Toolkit (DVD snippet)    Play (2:00)
Pacing Brochure    Read more
90:10 The best thing you can do for your stress      Play (11:00)
Pain Self-help & Relaxation Exercises    Read more
Transcendental Meditation      Play (11:06)
Online Self Help Programs Brochure      Read more
eClinic Online Pain Course      Go to link 
Pain Management for Everyone      Go to link
painHealth      Go to link

Getting a Good Night's Sleep    Read more
Sleeping with Pain    Play (4:44)
Interrupted Sleep    Play (8:02)
Sleeping Well    Go to link
Dangers of snoring - from Tonic TV    Play (9:03)
Best Treatment for Insomnia    Play (2:07)

Fad Diets    Read more
The South Beach Diet    Read more
Low GI diet    Play (5:16)
Top 10 Obesity Causing Foods    Play (16:10)
Mediterranean diet transcript    Go to link
Energy Drinks    Play (14:09)
Dietary Supplements transcript    Go to link
Toxic Sugar    Play (18:01)
Comfort food    Play (3:10)

Understanding Ergonomics at Work    Read more
Workplace Stress transcript    Go to link
A Guide for Injured Workers Returning to Work    Read more
The Benefits of Returning to Work    Read more
Job in Jeopardy Assistance    Go to link
Workplace Conflict    Go to link
Reducing Stress at Work is a Walk in the Park    Go to link

The best thing you can do to quit smoking    Play (12:47)
Problem gambling and depression    Read more
Gambling transcript    Go to link
Understanding Pain:   Brainman Chooses    Play (2:29)
Drugs, alcohol and mental health    Go to link
Cannabis and psychosis    Read more
Substance use - stages of change model    Read more

Physical Activity to Reduce Pain
Physical Activity

10,000 Step Walking Program Brochure    Read more 
24 hour Fitness - 23 hours and 1/2 hour    Play (05:00)
Exercise is Medicine    Play (8:23)
Sitting is Deadly    Play (05: 00)
Tai Chi for Beginners    Play (4:56)
Daily Tai Chi – join in this 8-minute exercise    Play (9:05) 
Walking to Beat the Grim Reaper    Play (1:24)
Fat and Fit    Play (6:16)

Mental Health & Pain
Mental Health

Recovery Fact Sheet    Read more
Change Your Thinking    Read more
10 Things That Help    Read more
Chronic physical illness, anxiety and depression    Read more
Serious injury and anxiety, depression and PTSD    Read more
Keeping Active    Read more
Drugs, alcohol and mental health    Go to link
A Guide to what works for depression    Read more
Understanding anxiety    Read more
Anxiety disorders    Read more 
Reducing Stress    Read more 
Grief and Loss    Read more 
Guilt    Read more
Anger - how it affects people    Go to link
Managing your anger    Go to link
Bipolar Disorder    Read more 
Depression and anxiety disorders in women    Go to link
Depression in men    Go to link
Depression in older people    Go to link 
Bullying and cyberbullying    Read more 

Medication to Treat Pain

Dangers of Polypharmacy    Play (9:54) 
Topical anti-inflammatories    Play 
Opioid (strong) analgesics    Play (11:36)
Understanding Pain: Brainman stops his Opioids    Play (1:46)
Faculty Pain Medicine position on Medicinal Cannabis    Read more

Diagnostic (Test) Procedures for Pain
Diagnostic (Test) Procedures

We often use nerve blocks to diagnose the cause of pain and to provide pain relief. They’re helpful where pain is coming from a single nerve or a small group of nerves. A nerve block involves injecting the nerves supplying the painful area with local anaesthetic to stop the pain signals being transmitted. A nerve block can help to confirm the source of your pain. Usually it will also provide immediate, short-term relief. A nerve block can also be used to predict whether another longer-lasting treatment, such as neurotomy, is likely to help.

Atlanto-Axial Joint Injection
Coeliac, Splanchnic, Hypogastric and Ganglion Impar Blocks    Read more         Play (1:48)
Discography    Read more
Facet, Costotransverse and Costovertebral Joint Injections
Hip Joint Injections    Play (1:49)
Ilio-Inguinal Nerve Block     Play (1:16)
Intercostal Nerve Block    Read more  
Lumbar Sympathetic Block     Read more         Play (1:59)
Medial Branch (Dorsal Rami) Blocks     Read more         Play (1:59)
Medication Absorption (Kinetic) Tests     Read more
Nerve Block Injections      Read more (PDF) 
Pump Debug and Myelogram     Read more
Occipital Nerve Injection     Read more
Rami Communicante Blocks
Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections     Read more         Play (1:09)
Selective Nerve Root Injections     Read more         Play (1:37)
Stellate and T2 Ganglion Blocks     Read more         Play (2:22)
Suprascapular Nerve Block     Read more         Play (1:41)
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block    Read more
Trigger point injections     Read more

Treatment Procedures for Pain
Treatment Procedures

Local anaesthetic injections with or without steroid can relieve pain and stiffness, giving you the opportunity to undertake a graded exercise program and get you back on track. People with headache, neck, shoulder, arm, back, leg, knee pain may benefit.

Radiofrequency treatments provide medium duration pain relief. They can help some people with headache, back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee pains.

PENS (peripheral electrical nerve stimulation) is a new day procedure that can be both a test and treatment procedure. It is helping people with back, knee, ankle and other localised pains.

Spinal cord stimulators, peripheral nerve stimulators and spinal drug pumps can provide sustained pain relief and functional improvement in complex pain conditions and a second chance at life.

We can cover most parts of the body with one of these treatments.

Autologous Blood Injections   Read more
Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection    Read more
Hyaluronic Acid Injection
Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection     Read more         Play (1:52)
Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy     Read more        Play (1:52)
Epidural Adhesiolysis / Neuroplasty     Read more         Play (1:42)
Epidural Steroid Injection     Read more        Play (1:34)
Epidural Blood Patch     Read more
Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Neurotomy
Lumbar Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy     Read more         Play (1:48)
Nucleoplasty (Percutaneous Disc Decompression)     Read more         Play (1:50)
PENS (Peripheral Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation    Read more
Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment    Read more
Occipital Nerve Stimulation    Read more
Spinal Cord Stimulation     Read more         Play (2:31)
Spinal (Intrathecal) Drug Pump     Read more         Play (1:55)
Transcutaneous Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment    Read more
Vertebroplasty     Read more         Play (1:22)
Ultrasound Guided Injection for Shoulder Pain     Play (1:16)

Infusions for Pain

Infusions are like injections except they’re given over a longer period of time. Depending on what kind of nerves are carrying the pain signals, an infusion of phentalomine may provide relief.

Diagnostic Analgesic Infusion   Read more
Ketamine infusion   Read more
Lignocaine infusion    Read more
Magnesium infusion    Read more
Phentolamine infusion    Read more

If you’ve had enough of trying to fight pain on your own, let us help. For all appointments and enquiries contact us on:

    [email protected]
    Mon to Fri - 9am to 5pm