Psychological Treatment for Pain Management
Patients often think of pain as being a purely physical symptom, the result of injury or physical deterioration. Often times, the pain is actually a manifestation of an emotional or psychological issue, and attempts to treat or manage the pain with tools for physical issues are ineffective. Chronic pain patients can also suffer psychological issues in conjunction with their physical pain, as the very nature of chronic pain can cause depression, frustration and anxiety, all of which create psychological trauma which requires its own examination and management.
Psychological issues can cause chronic pain in patients, some of who may not even be aware of these underlying mental and emotional problems. Chronic depression is a big contributor to pain, and can compound existing chronic pain issues, further complicating the diagnosis. Though a patient's pain may be very real despite not having a physical cause, these individuals need to understand that the best course of treatment may not be medication or procedures. A comprehensive pain management program, including psychological pain management, is the best course of action, and can help reduce both the physical pain and the mental and emotional distress these patients may find themselves in.
Another significant psychological issue many of our patients confront is the very act of dealing with chronic pain, whether from back pain, headaches, or degenerative diseases like fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. People who experience chronic pain know that the persistence and endless nature of the diagnosis seems unrelenting. Depression, anxiety, anger, self-image issues, and general feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness are not uncommon in chronic pain patients, all of which make pain management and potential recovery significantly more difficult. It is important for these patients to know that they are not alone in this struggle, and that the resources exist at The Comprehensive Centers for Pain Management to help with both their physical and psychological pain.
A dedicated pain management psychologist can be an incredibly helpful tool in dealing with the emotional and psychological components of chronic pain. These specialists in dealing with mental and psychological issues that may be contributing or even causing pain are able to work with patients to understand and work through these issues. In addition, reenforcing the need for healthy coping mechanisms, identifying the warning signs for addiction and addictive behavior, and helping to manage the associated depression and anger will help pain management patients progress through their pain management program successfully.
Dedicating yourself to a comprehensive pain management program includes exploring possible psychological and mental health care options to help manage your pain. Through CC4PM's partnership with StressCare and PainCare psychological specialists, we are now able to work with you to resolve these underlying mental and emotional issues. Our pain psychiatrists and psychological specialists will help ease the mental burden chronic pain has placed on you, and will help you complete the other components of your pain management program successfully. Today's medical evidence strongly suggests that traditional pain management protocols, such as medication, injections, physical therapy and rehabilitation, are all made significantly more effective when used in conjunction with a specialized pain management psychologist.
If you are experiencing pain as a result of a mental or emotional condition, or believe that psychological trauma could be related to your pain, please don't hesitate to contact the pain management experts at Comprehensive Centers for Pain Management. We have the personnel and resources on hand to help control your pain and improve your overall physical and mental condition.
Don't continue to suffer your pain, depression and anxiety in silence. The Comprehensive Centers for Pain Management is Toledo's most experienced and complete pain management practice. We have the tools and resources to help you manage your chronic pain today. Call us today at 1-877-446-6724 to find out more about pain management psychology and how mental health may be a factor in your chronic painful condition.