Clinics May Be Your Answer For Chronic Pain
Pain clinics have
been found to be very helpful for more effective management of chronic
pain. Pain clinics frequently offer the possibility of effective pain
management and control and have been found to improve the quality of
life for patients with inadequately controlled chronic pain.
Multidisciplinary pain programs seem to be the best approach. Many of
these pain clinics include the use of various health professionals
such as psychiatrists, psychologists, anesthesiologists,
neurosurgeons, neurologists, physical rehabilitation specialists,
occupational therapists and orthopedic surgeons.
Pain clinics and
comprehensive pain management programs usually have many different
components. In addition to utilizing medications to target pain
relief, the medical management of people with chronic pain also
includes medications to promote sleep, muscle relaxants and
medications to relieve muscle spasms, as well as antidepressants to
relieve depression. Also, psychotherapy is frequently used to relieve
tension, provide support, diminish isolation, improve self esteem and
assist with the depression and anxiety associated with chronic pain.
Various other pain relieving techniques may also be used such as
spinal cord stimulation nerve blocks, implantable pumps to deliver
pain relieving medications directly into the spinal fluid,
transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and also
acupuncture, depending upon the patient's specific difficulties.
Most pain clinics
also provide some type of stress management technique such as
relaxation, biofeedback, self hypnosis or other ways to exert some
level of control over their chronic pain. Physical therapists may
also assist patients with chronic pain, developing ways to exercise or
provide movement in a way that does not contribute to the pain, as
well as finding ways to increase their activity level.
Your physician may
be able to recommend a pain clinic or you can call the Commission on
Accreditation of Rehabilitation facilities (520-325-1044), which would
provide a list of accredited programs nearest you. Also, the American
Pain Society (www.ampainsoc.org) should also be able to provide
some information or direct you to the nearest pain clinic.
Information from The Johns
Hopkins Medical Guide to Health After 50
Additional Information and
webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
Senior Care Psychological Consulting 2451 Executive Dr. Ste.
103 St. Charles, Missouri 63303 (636) 896-0216