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Behavioral Pain Management
We offer both individual and group treatments for people suffering from chronic pain. Our focus is on helping you to develop the coping skills necessary to manage the pain, increase your daily functioning, and improve your quality of life. We offer these services to people who experience chronic pain as a result of chronic health conditions, as well as those who have chronic pain from a work-related injury.
Depending on the person, Behavioral Pain Management involves some or all of the following non-drug-related methods to manage and control pain:
Specific techniques for reducing and controlling…
- Pain “flares” or “attacks”
- Negative and unhelpful thinking patterns
- Frustration and anger
- Irritability and agitation
- Reduce or eliminate the use of narcotic pain medication
- Return to a normal life-style
- Cope with physical limitations and “move on”
- “Accept” your pain without giving in to it or giving up
- Identify activities and techniques which decrease your pain
- Stress management
- Relaxation training and biofeedback
- Structured goal setting techniques
- Specific plans for coping with pain
What is a Behavioral Pain Management specialist?
A Pain Management specialist is usually a Pain Psychologist or therapist who has special training and experience designed to help those with pain take control of their pain and their lives.
Why do I need to see a Psychologist for my pain?
When your provider refers you for Behavioral Pain Management, it does not mean that he or she thinks you are “crazy,” or that the pain is “in your head.” What it does mean is that your provider recognizes the limits of medicine and wants you to have the best care possible. He or she knows that there are many illnesses we have no cure for, but that we do have excellent methods for controlling and managing the condition. Try to take their referral as a positive sign of concern. The Pain Psychologist acts as a teacher or guide. By understanding the connection between the body and the mind, the Pain Psychologist is often the best person to help.
Where do I begin?
You begin with an evaluation. The evaluation consists of an interview, which may be followed by the completion of questionnaires, lasting up to one-and-a-half hours. After the evaluation, the Pain Psychologist can tell you what your program will involve, and the expected length of time this program will take.
How do I prepare myself for Behavioral Pain Management?
Stop thinking that the only answer to your chronic pain problem is a cure. Pain Management is often the answer.
How can we help?
At StressCare Behavioral Health, Inc. we have extensive experience helping people with chronic pain, and offer group and individual programs. If you or your family is suffering because of your pain problem, behavioral pain management could change your life.