The Pain Rehabilitation Center's three-week program is intended for adults whose chronic pain is a major health issue and who, because of pain, have experienced a significant decline in functional abilities and quality of life.
In the program, people learn pain management skills and techniques for physical reconditioning. Staff supervises medication changes, including withdrawal from pain medications that may no longer reduce pain or improve functioning.
An integrated team of health care professionals trained in many areas including pain medicine, physical therapy, psychology, pharmacology, occupational therapy, biofeedback and nursing cares for people in the three-week program.
The staff focuses on helping each person reach personal goals regarding the self-management of chronic pain. The program offers several core components to help people manage their pain.
The program is 17 days in length. This includes two days of pre-admission evaluation appointments and 15 days of therapy. The program length may be extended for people whose medication dosages are being reduced over time (medication taper).
Family programming is offered every Thursday and Friday for family members of adults in the program to learn how to support those with chronic pain and care for themselves.
The PRC also offers an aftercare program that helps adults who have participated in the three-week program to continue progress made during treatment.
A typical day
The schedule below is an example of a typical day in the three-week program. The program uses a rolling admission, meaning that on any given day two or three people begin the program and two or three people complete it.
As a result, new people can learn and ask questions not only of staff but also of other people at various stages of program completion.
Apr. 24, 2014
- 8 a.m. — Stretching
- 8:30 a.m. — Daily goal setting
- 9 a.m. — Stress management session
- 10 a.m. — Patient rounds
- 11 a.m. — Physical therapy
- Noon — Lunch
- 1 p.m. — Pain management session
- 2 p.m. — Advanced relaxation
- 3 p.m. — Occupational therapy
- 4 p.m. — Pain management session