RehWork is a passionate team of friendly people – We're leaders in the field of understanding & treating persisting pain

  • We work with patients of all ages

    People of any age can experience debilitating pain conditions. We consult with people of all ages and design treatments specific to your needs.

  • Treatments for all types of pain

    Whether you have back, neck, knee or shoulder pain or you need pre/post operative help we treat people with all types of pain conditions.

  • Active treatment, no more 'wait & see'

    Our treatment approach is active with the focus on helping you back to the things that you need, improving your quality of life and teaching you ways to manage and cope better with your symptoms.

  • Unique specialties mean we can help

    Our treatment approach is active with the focus on helping you back to the things that you need, improving your quality of life and teaching you ways to manage and cope better with your symptoms.

Do you need help with a persisting pain condition?

Most of us expect pain from injury, surgery or illness to fade over a 3 month window.

But it is common (1 in 3 Australians) for your pain to persist well beyond this healing time.

For some, physical pain may even appear and persist without any obvious related physical damage.

It is common for the body to become more sensitive the longer the pain goes on - it takes less to make it hurt, it can hurt more and other non-injured areas can become painful.

THIS IS PERSISTING (OR CHRONIC) PAIN.

  • Every day activities and workplace performance can become difficult or impossible.
  • Over time, sufferers often experience reduced physical and emotional strength, a loss of self-confidence or self-worth and strain on relationships with partners, family and friends.
  • Feelings of frustration, anger, fear and grief are not uncommon, especially in cases where repeated treatment attempts (or worse - the 'wait and see' approach) have failed to deliver any improvement.
  • It is invisible, isolating and exhausting. But it doesn't have to be.

On your first visit to our clinic in Wollongong, Australia we'll work with you one-on-one to build your Personal Recovery Plan

  • Treat your pain
  • Learn better ways to manage and cope with your pain
  • Decrease the impact of pain on your daily life and work
  • Pace up to your normal level of activity
  • Improve your mobility and function
  • Get back to the thing that you want and need to do
    • Playing with your kids
    • Recreation & sporting activities
    • Normal work duties
  • Reduce anxiety and stress and improve mood
  • Develop your confidence with movement
  • Learn ways to reduce the risk of re-injury

Recently we asked our patients what they valued most about working with RehWork

  • "The exercises are changed & adapted to suit my ability at the time and they're always looking to improve my overall wellbeing."

    Matt Goode
  • The staff are fantastic, the exercises are tailored to suit me, great atmosphere!

    Kathleen Dunworth
  • RehWork helps me with my injury both physically and mentally and gets me fitter. The Staff are very friendly and help you realise the difference between good and bad pain through patient education.

    Julie Abnett

For real results you need treatment based on a modern understanding of pain science

We often consult with people who have tried many different types of treatments, medications and physical therapies to improve their condition.

In many circumstances they are no better off, these 'failed treatments' instead increase anxiety and foster hopelessness and lack of control.

Unfortunately many treatments for persisting pain primarily focus on the body structures - the injured disc, joint or ligament, shortened and tight muscles, etc.

Those failed treatments failed to recognise that multiple factors contribute to longer term pain: treatment expectation, previous pain experiences, culture, social and work environments, fear of movement and pain, beliefs and thoughts, activity levels, anxiety and emotions... and more.

The current recommended and most effective approach for treating and managing chronic pain is one that takes into account not only the physical cause of pain (the injured joint or muscle) but also integrates strategies to address the psychological and social factors that contribute to pain and disability.

The RehWork Toolbox

As a patient at RehWork you can expect your Personal Recovery Plan to contain the very latest in evidence-based, research-enhanced pain treatment strategies.

PERSISTING PAIN DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN A LIFE OF DECREASED ACTIVITY OR SUFFERING.

  • Exercise & Movement

    The body needs to move to recover. Moving structures like the nerves, discs in the back and joints improves their health. What's more, it hurts less after exercise!

  • Muscle Relaxation

    Persisting Pain can result in short, tight and stiff muscles which intensify pain. Muscle relaxation and stretching relieves this.

  • Cognitive Behaviour Strategies

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a treatment used to identify thoughts and feelings that influence your pain experience. Our therapists are skilled in these strategies.

  • Mindfulness Exercises

    The body and the mind are connected, and both affect longer term pain. Just as the body needs exercise to recover, so does the mind.

  • Stress Management Strategies

    There is no greater stressor than experiencing pain for long periods. By reducing your stress you will also decrease your pain!

  • Patient Education

    We place a strong emphasis on you understanding your condition and also about physical activity pain & injury. This includes understanding good vs bad pain during exercise.

  • Work-Related Exercises

    Graded work related exercises are specific to the physical demands imposed by daily activity, work & recreational pursuits. You will improve your tolerance and limit risk of re-injury.

  • Humour, Respect & Trust

    We create a warm and supportive environment where you can achieve your rehabilitation outcomes with a few laughs along the way.

Welcome to RehWork
I'm Dr John Booth

We help people with persisting pain normalise and improve their quality of life.

And the truth is, we have a lot of success.

In addition to clinical practice we are active researchers in the area of exercise and pain management and we apply our research to your recovery.

At RehWork we have 3 fundamental principles:

  1. REAL RESULTS COME FROM A MODERN UNDERSTANDING OF PAIN.
  2. EACH PAIN EXPERIENCE IS UNIQUE. WE LISTEN TO YOU.
  3. PATIENT EDUCATION IS THE SECRET INGREDIENT TO COPING AND MANAGING YOUR RECOVERY.

We are a warm, friendly team of healthcare professionals - we look forward to meeting you and working you as partners in your rehabilitation.

  • Research & Education

    • PhD, Master of Exercise Science
    • Credentialed McKenzie Therapist
    • Senior Lecturer, UNSW, Faculty of Medicine
  • Published Research

    • Medicine & Exercise in Sports & Exercise
    • Osteoarthritis & Cartilage
    • Journal of Pain in General Practice
    • Journal of Applied Physiology
    • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Medical Community Training

    • Exercise & Sports Science Australia
    • Multiple RehWork-presented Courses
  • Interviews & Media Coverage

    • Sydney Morning Herald
    • healthy&HEARTWISE Magazine

Are you ready to reclaim your quality of life?
Book your consultation today

  • Treat your pain
  • Learn better ways to manage and cope with your pain
  • Decrease the impact of pain on your daily life and work
  • Pace up to your normal level of activity
  • Improve your mobility and function
  • Get back to the thing that you want and need to do
    • Playing with your kids
    • Recreation & sporting activities
    • Normal work duties
  • Reduce anxiety and stress and improve mood
  • Develop your confidence with movement
  • Learn ways to reduce the risk of re-injury

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