With numerous years in the treatment of chronic pain, Dr. Mubarak has helped countless individuals suffering with pain to live a normal and fulfilling life. Whether your pain is neuropathic, musculoskeletal, or any other form of physical pain, Dr. Mubarak can help you with a rigorous patient assessment, followed by a uniquely tailored specific treatment plan to get you back to on track.
Areas of Expertise
Musculoskeletal pain is pain that affects the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body, and can result in concentrated areas of pain or pain in the entire body. Causes are varied and pain is usually triggered by muscle tissue damage, resulting in body mechanic changes, spinal alignment problems and muscle shortening. Musculoskeletal pain can cause symptoms such as gluteal pain, chest pain, neck pain or back pain. Treatment can involve manual therapy or mobilisation, acupuncture, chiropractic care, or injections with anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medications.
Major surgeries often require a heavy dosage of pain relieving medication, this pain usually subsides within 3 months. In some cases, pain can extend for prolonged periods of time. It is important when taking medication for prolonged periods for your consultant to design a pain management plan that is safe and effective, and you may have various medical problems that make some drugs not suitable for you. The goal of treatment is to achieve the best results with as few detrimental effects as possible. Chronic ongoing nerve pain resulting from simple surgeries such as hernia operations or major surgeries such as mastectomiesor amputations can be treated by opioidsshort-term,however it is not suitable for long-term pain problems.
Dr Mubarak will tailor your treatment plan based on the current condition, age, type of pain and the presence of other co-morbidities such as diabetes, kidney or liver problems.
Burns Clinic Pain
Severe burns can result in damaged and regenerating nerve tissues creating neuropathic pain syndrome. This can cause disturbed sleep patterns, headaches, depression or pain wherever damaged tissue is located. The severity of the symptoms is usually related to the size of the burn and number of skin grafts performed. Dr. Mubarak can design a number of treatments, including antidepressants, anticonvulsants, cognitive behavioral therapy, or regional nerve blocks. Dr Mubarak gained her expertise from working in the Concord Hospital in Sydney which is a tertiary referral centre for burns. This was major part of her pain training program in Australia.
Pelvic pain is classified as pain that is felt below the bellybutton, mild or severe, lasting for prolonged periods of time. Pelvic pain affects both men and women and can be the result of conditions affecting the groin, vulva, vagina or prostate. Conditions such as ovarian cysts, peritonitis with sepsis, pelvic abscess, endometriosis or trapped or damaged nerves in the pelvic area can leave patients with debilitating pain even after treatment of the original disease concludes. The goal of treatment is to improve the quality of life by reducing pain symptoms with different types of treatments such as physiotherapy, trigger point and or nerve injections, neurostimulation (spinal cord stimulation), and medications including antibiotics or surgery.
Post Shingles Pain
Shingles causes a virus to travel down nerve fibres and causes a painful rash. For most people this pain goes away when the rash does, but for 12-15% the pain can remain. There are various treatments available to help with the pain, including strong opioids, antidepressants, as well as injections. Prevention of further attacks is crucial. Dr. Mubarak can give advice regarding prophylaxis and help to treat the chronic nerve pain.
Headaches and Post Stroke Pain Syndrome
Chronic headaches can be caused by a number of conditions, often elsewhere in the body, such as back pain, facial pain or neck pain. Headaches can also come in a variety of forms, such as stress or tension headaches or migraines, and can be accompanied with nausea and vomiting, light sensitivity, or blurred vision. There are many forms of treatments available, including nerve blocks, massage therapy, neck injection, trigger point injection, medications and more.