Pain Centre

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Facial Pain

Face pain can be tingling and pounding or an extreme, acute tenderness in one or both sides of the face.

Chest pain

Chest pain can be due to a heart attack or angina or could be caused by other factors: Chest pain can be an important warning symptom of a heart attack.

Wrist pain

Wrist pain or discomfort is common, and usually presents as painful movements, swelling (diffuse or localised), or changes in sensation associated with wrist movement.

Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is any pain felt in or around the shoulder joint.

Hip pain

The hip joint is one of the largest weight-bearing joints. As a ball-and-socket-type joint, it is prone to a number of problems and the most common cause is injury.

Flank Pain

Flank pain is a pain that is either on the left or the right side of the flank/side of back.

Neck pain

Most neck pain occurs after a bad night’s sleep or over-exertion during some sort of athletic activity (e.g. a rugby game).

Muscle Pain

Excessive or unusual pain and discomfort felt in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Muscle pain can be chronic (persistent and long-lasting) or acute (sudden onset).

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Dr Raath originally specialised and worked as an anaesthesiologist in private practice. In 2008 he obtained his Fellowship In Interventional Pain Practice and since then has operated the the Pain Clinic at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria which treats all forms of chronic pain. Read more here.

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