Pain hurts in more ways than one. The physical sensation of pain is hard enough to deal with, but persistent pain can hurt in other ways. Pain can make it more difficult to work, to enjoy recreational activities and to spend time with friends and family. Pain can also make it harder to be a parent, a partner and a friend. Pain takes a toll, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Most medical specialists focus on the physical aspects of pain, but the emotional and mental toll that pain takes on a person is often overlooked.
A Unique Approach to Treating Pain
At The Pain Management Group, we realize that the stress and mental challenges caused by pain can be as difficult to cope with as the pain itself. We understand that pain can affect nearly every area of life and that pain that does not improve can easily make a person feel lost, frustrated and worried. We also recognize the particular kind of isolation that pain can bring, since many cannot truly understand what living with persistent pain is like.
The Pain Management Group believes that the best way to treat persistent pain is to focus not only on the physical causes and symptoms of pain, but its emotional, social and psychological consequences, as well. To successfully treat the pain patient, we need to attend to the whole person. Behavioral health is an essential part of our multidisciplinary care, a feature that distinguishes PMG in the field of pain medicine and one that is consistent with best medical practices.
Behavioral Health Treatment for Pain
Behavioral health treatment for pain includes fundamental education in what science knows about persistent pain and how the nervous system influences the experience. From this foundation, we promote ways of thinking that can alter a person’s reactions to pain and ways to cope with it more effectively. We teach our patients ways of calming the nervous system to reduce the intensity and frequency of pain. We also teach patients how to set realistic goals for themselves, challenging them to make practical changes in their work activity, recreation and social activity to help restore a sense of order in their lives.