Surgery, injections and medication are not the only resources for treating chronic pain. Behavioral Medicine focuses on the development of various skills, attitudes and behaviors that reduce pain and improve quality of life.
Psychological testing can assess strengths and problem areas that can impact pain. For example, depression and anxiety are common issues that complicate pain management.
Neuropsychological testing is a specialized assessment of brain function and dysfunction. These tests can assess how well the brain is working and guide treatment for personal, education or vocational needs. These tests can also be used to document changes over time and focus on key areas such as memory.
Individual therapy can address issues such as depression or anxiety and also address skills for coping with pain and the emotional and social consequences of pain.
Group therapy allows individuals to share and discuss coping strategies with others who are dealing with similar problems.
Biofeedback is a specific treatment that addresses some of the physical problems of pain and can help individuals relax muscles, improve blood-flow or control brainwave activity. This is often combined with progressive relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, mental imagery and other forms of self-control.
Family therapy can help spouses and others understand and cope with chronic pain issues. Our therapists are also trained in substance abuse, vocational, and disability counseling, issues that commonly co-exist with chronic medical conditions. Whether dealing with stress management, grief counseling or other quality of life concerns, behavioral medicine can assist in minimizing the impact of chronic pain.
If you want to know more about Behavioral Medicine ask your pain Specialist if Behavioral Medicine can help with your pain treatment program.