Prime Minister opens London Pain Management Centre | Sunday Observer

Prime Minister opens London Pain Management Centre

6 September, 2020
The Prime Minister  launches the official website
The Prime Minister launches the official website

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the London Pain Management Centre on September 2 on the invitation of Dr. Namal Senasinghe, Consultant in Pain Medicine.

Pain medicine is practised widely in the west including, UK, Europe and the USA. It is not well established in this part of the world especially, in the South East Asian countries, including Sri Lanka. Consultants in pain medicine have a dual fellowship and are accredited in both fields. One fellowship is in anaesthesia and the other in pain medicine.

Dr Senasinghe had his early education at Trinity College, Kandy. He passed out as a doctor from the North Colombo Medical College in 1991. After a four- year stint as a doctor at the Ministry of Health he migrated to the United Kingdom in 1995, and completed his postgraduate training in London. Following the completion of the specialist training he was awarded the certificate for specialist training and appointed a Consultant in Pain Medicine in 2003 at the East Kent NHS Trust. After 25 years in the UK, Dr. Senasinghe has returned to his motherland to share his experience and expertise in Pain Medicine.

He has given up a private practice, earning 30,000 sterling pounds (7.5 million) a month in England and returned to serve the motherland. He could have practised for at least 13 more years in the UK. He made a sacrifice to introduce proper pain services to Sri Lanka and relieve the people of their suffering. He says pain relief is a human right.

UK’s health budget is 135 billion sterling pounds a year, of which one billion is spent on treating back pain alone. As much as five million working days are lost a year in the UK due to back pain alone. The impact on the economy is immense.

Of the patients who attend pain clinics 80-90 percent are for back pain in the UK, he said, adding that there are no official figures in Sri Lanka as there is no documentation of patients. Besides back pain, knee pain also may be a major issue in Sri Lanka, he said. Every other pain condition in addition to back pain will be treated (other than ischaemic chest pain). They are the joint pains which include large and small joints, leg pain, sciatic pain, certain headaches, neuralgic pains and pelvic pain.

Dr Senasinghe will spend 15 minutes with a patient for a nominal consultation fee which is 1/20th of the consultation fee in UK. He will carry out many procedures as practised in the U.K.

Dr Senasinghe believes a new trend can be developed in Sri Lanka where most if not all Sri Lankans can be free of pain with his expertise. But instructions and medical advice has to be followed religiously.

 The procedures carried out are:

  • Cervical Epidural
  • Thoracic Epidural
  • Lumbar Epidural
  • Caudal Epidural
  • Shoulder Injection
  • Knee Injection
  • Hip Injection
  • Cervical facet injection
  • Thoracic facet Injection
  • Lumber facet Injection
  • Cervical RFD
  • Thoracic RFD
  • Lumbar RFD
  • Dorsal Root ganglion blocks
  • Dorsal root ganglion Pulse RF
  • Lumbar Sympathetic block
  • RFD Sympathetic lumbar
  • Coeliac plexus block
  • Ilioinguinal N block
  • Femoral nerve block
  • Pulse RF femoral nerve
  • Genicular nerve block and RFD from 1/12/18
  • Intercostal nerve block
  • Paravertebral block
  • Botox injections
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Occipital nerve blocks
  • Sacro iliac joint inj
  • Piriformis muscle block
  • Suprascpular N block
  • Pulse RF suprascapular Nerve
  • Genicular nerve blocks for knee pain