Chiropractors need to be well-informed to effectively manage persistent pain and to ensure their patients, who are presenting with an ongoing pain condition, receive evidence-based care. The Pain Management group aims to provide clinical and academic leadership in the field of pain management by building the evidence base and bring chiropractors together with an interest in the field.
- To disseminate and promote contemporary knowledge and best practice standards in pain management to Australian chiropractors.
- Assists in the development of relevant educational events and post-graduate qualifications and provides advisory support for engagement with key stakeholders.
- Inform and educate chiropractors how to effectively manage persistent pain and to ensure their patients, who are presenting with an ongoing pain condition, receive evidence-based care.
- To ensure ACA members have a comprehensive perspective of this area, and latest research in this field is disseminated.
- Represent Pain Management members and act as their voice within the chiropractic community and the general public.
Scope of Practice
Chiropractors are competently trained in the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. They apply a range of manual and physical therapy treatment strategies to alleviate pain and dysfunction in acute and recurrent mechanical pain disorders.
Additionally, a pain management chiropractor has further training and expertise in managing patients who are experiencing ongoing or persistent pain. This focus requires a pain management chiropractor to undertake a psychologically informed approach to patient care to accurately identify the multitude of psychosocial factors that may be contributing to a patient pain experience. In particular, in the initial stages of acute injury, pain management chiropractors are concerned with identifying psychosocial risk factors that may lead to chronicity.
Given the complex nature of chronic and persistent pain a pain management chiropractor understands that successful treatment involves a multimodal and often multidisciplinary approach to care. Thus, a pain management chiropractor has a willingness to adopt a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to patient care, often involving medical doctors, psychologists and other allied health professionals.
AICE Pain Management CPG is currently inactive. We will open memberships once we have a new committee in place.