Chronic pain is classified as any pain that lasts for more than 6 months, and requires continued, ongoing treatment to manage. The goal of any chronic pain management program should always be functional restoration. Considering the range of severity, chronic pain can be merely an inconvenient or it can be totally incapacitating an individual.
Due to the prolonged duration of chronic pain it can also be accompanied by both a physical and emotional toll on the pain sufferer.
Chronic Pain Treatments
Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
Treating chronic pain patients requires the ability to educate the client about the importance of activity and exercise programs. Motivation on the part of the client is essential to a positive outcome. A physical or exercise therapist needs to be part of an overall team approach to designing programs to help with pain management and functional restoration. Therapies can include physical therapy, occupational therapy and massage.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
In treating chronic pain, a series of minimally invasive procedures requiring injections of local anesthetics with or without corticosteroids may offer both diagnostic and therapeutic value to the patient. A series of procedures spread out over the course of treatment may be necessary for maximum effectiveness.
Psychologically-based assessments and therapies are essential to any comprehensive pain management program. Whether it is group therapy, relaxation therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, it is likely that some combination of these therapies is necessary to achieve success.
Integrative therapies are increasingly being applied to chronic pain and are popular among clients. Evidence for the effectiveness of chiropractic techniques and acupuncture has been proven effective in managing various pain conditions, and some disciplines such as yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates programs have been shown to be extremely effective in treating several painful musculoskeletal diagnoses.
Changes in lifestyle, including commitments to exercise, weight loss, diet control, and smoking cessation are also important ways of controlling pain and mitigating long term damage to the body. These unhealthy habits are usually a contributing factor to most painful conditions, and working to remedy them can make functional restoration and a positive outcome a reality.
Your Doctor may recommend pharmaceutical options in certain extreme situations. We are very diligent when prescribing any kind of medication. We ensure that our patients do not have a history of drug dependency before proscribing, and our clinical staff closely monitors all patients on any kind of pain medication, via routine urine drug screens, pill counts and behavioral assessments for risk of abuse.
CC4PM understands the sensitive nature of prescribing pain medication to our patients. We maintain the highest standards to ensure the long term well-being and compliance of our patients, and to provide a clinical environment that has a wealth of other options for patients to pursue.