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The Pain Rehabilitation Center (PRC) runs four distinct programs based on a multidisciplinary cognitive behavioral treatment model.

The primary goal of the PRC programs is to restore function and quality of life for people suffering from chronic pain. People whose chronic pain has negatively affected their mood or whose pain has caused them to experience a decline in life, personal or work responsibilities may be candidates for the programs.

The programs emphasize discontinuation of pain medications. Other important goals include:

  • Return to regular daily activities
  • Increase physical strength, stamina and flexibility
  • Reduce or eliminate use of pain medications
  • Minimize pain behaviors
  • Learn stress management techniques
  • Return to gainful employment, school or volunteer activities (if applicable)
  • Resume leisure and recreational activities
  • Improve interpersonal relationships
  • Reduce reliance on health care professionals by improving the ability to self-manage chronic pain

Referral process

Admission to any Pain Rehabilitation Center program begins with a patient evaluation. Referring health care professionals should contact the PRC at 507-266-5100 to begin the referral process.

During evaluation, Pain Rehabilitation Center staff will assess whether a rehabilitation approach is appropriate for the person with chronic pain. If staff determines pain rehabilitation is appropriate, staff will help the person decide which program may be most beneficial.

Upon scheduling a tentative admission date, a representative from Patient Account Services will contact the person's insurance carrier, as many health insurance plans require approval prior to admission.

Admission criteria

A person may be considered a candidate for admission if he or she has:

  • Chronic pain or dysfunction in involuntary body functions (autonomic dysfunction) of sufficient severity to cause significant disruption in daily social and vocational activities
  • Chronic pain that has lasted six months or more, or clinical indication that pain that has lasted a shorter amount of time will likely develop into a chronic condition
  • Adequate control over his or her behavior, and isn't judged to be imminently dangerous to self or others
  • Demonstrated motivation to try a rehabilitation approach to pain management, which often implies awareness or acceptance that medical or surgical treatments aren't a current option

Exclusionary criteria

A person may not be considered a candidate for admission if he or she has:

  • Been unwilling to discontinue use of pain medications, medications for mental conditions or substances that would prevent meaningful participation in the program
  • Shown insufficient motivation to participate in pain rehabilitation, such as medication management, physical and occupational therapy, and group therapy
  • An acute physical condition or illness, and current treatment for the condition would prevent the person's adequate participation in the program

For questions, please contact the Pain Rehabilitation Center at 507-255-5921.

Referring doctor follow-up

Coordination with doctors in the person's local community is an integral part of a successful return home.

Upon admission to the Pain Rehabilitation Center's three-week program, each person will be asked to specify a local doctor and sign a form authorizing release of information to the doctor. The person's nurse coordinator will contact doctors who have been authorized to communicate about the person's care in the PRC.

A doctor who has been authorized to receive information will get a written dismissal summary outlining an individual's care during the program.

This summary will include the person's PRC treatment course, medication changes, laboratory tests and consult notes. It will also outline behavioral strategies the person was taught for coping with chronic pain and offer specific follow-up recommendations.

PRC staff encourages a person's doctor to discuss the rehabilitation program with him or her to reinforce the functional goals and progress accomplished during the program.

If indicated, a care conference may be held, either in person or via a telephone conference call. After the three-week program ends, PRC nurse coordinators are available for consultation with individuals and their doctors.

April 24, 2014