chronic pain

Roberts Physiotherapy has an excellent reputation for the evidence based management of chronic pain. This is operationalised through three avenues:

specialist consultation

Peter Roberts is a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a special interest in chronic pain. He acts as a consultant assessing and implementing management strategies for patients with complex chronic pain. Patients are referred to him from physiotherapists in other private practises, occupational physicians, general practitioners and rehabilitation consultants. Peter has an extensive knowledge of the neurobiology of pain and the psychosocial issues involved in the management of chronic pain.

Peter has participated in a pilot study conducted by WorkcoverSA demonstrating that assessment and intervention by a specialist with comprehensive knowledge in the area of chronic pain, can produce positive outcomes for this complex condition. The average number of treatments to assess and manage his patients was less than 5, spanning a period of several months.

Peter is a visiting lecturer at the University of South Australian in the area of pain management and is conducting courses in pain management and for physiotherapists through the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

pain management program

The Paragon Pain Management Program was established in 2000 by Peter Roberts and Maria Polymeneas (psychologist). The focus of the program is to assist clients in developing self-management and coping skills to restore function, improve resilience and minimize symptoms.

The programs are conducted along the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model which has the best evidence for facilitating positive outcomes in the management of chronic pain.

The programs run twice weekly (2 hours per day) over a 10 week period and are conducted by physiotherapists from Roberts Physiotherapy together with psychologists from the Paragon Psychology Service. The programs run from The Paragon at Modbury (2-3 programs per year).

psychologically informed physiotherapists

Our physiotherapists have all participated in professional development activities to extend their knowledge of the neurobiology of chronic pain and the psychosocial issues associated with it. They have worked with Dr David Butler from the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute and research students from the Body in Mind research group from the University of South Australia, and participated in several research projects. 

They are able to integrate neuroscience education with graded and paced exercise programs using on site hydrotherapy and gym facilities. Several of our physiotherapists also work with psychologists from the Paragon Psychology Service in the Paragon Pain Management Program.