Pain Management

Pain is a significant public health concern as more than half of Americans live with chronic or recurrent pain. More Americans suffer from pain than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Two of the most common areas in which people experience pain are the lower back, (28.1%) and knee, (19.5%). More than 42 million people report pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep.¹ To ensure pain is adequately addressed, pain management has been developed to actively pursue the source of pain and provide therapy to improve outcomes. The focus of pain management is guided by the history of the specific pain, its duration, aggravating and relieving conditions and structures involved in causing pain.² Pain Management presents a specific role to identify the source of the pain and to find the most optimal treatment.

Common Conditions or Diagnosis for Pain Program:

    Arthritic Pain                                                        Acute or Chronic pain
    Neuropathic Pain Diagnosis                                   Phantom Pain (due to amputation)
    Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome                       Multiple Pain Medications or Pain Patch
    Neck, Back, Shoulder and Leg Pain                       Post-Surgical Pain

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Skilled Nursing
    Complete Physical Assessment
    Focus Drug Review and Medication Education

Physical Therapy
    Brief Review of History of Present Illness                Strength and ROM Assessment
    Neurological Testing                                             Sensory & Proprioception Assessment
    Body Mechanics Teaching                                    Walking and Balance Evaluation
    Home Safety Evaluation                                        Equipment Evaluation and Proper Use
    Patient /Caregiver Education

Occupational Therapy
    Complete OT Assessment                                     ADL’s Retraining
    Work Modification                                                 Splinting or Orthotic Fitting

Home Health Aide
    Grooming and Bathing Assistance                          Light Housekeeping Pertaining to Patient Care Area

Our Treatment Approach
    Utilize pain modalities ie, Ultrasound, Cold Laser, Phototherapy, TENS, E-stim, Iontophoresis, etc
    Manual Therapy like Myo-Fascial release, Strain-Counter-Strain Technique, etc
    Breathing and Relaxation Exercises - Conditioning Exercise and Functional Ambulation
    Body Mechanics Teaching - Home Management - Work / Task Modification

¹ 2011, The American Academy of Pain Medicine
² 2011, Pain Management