Tuesday, May 11, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Chronic pain — whether from headaches, back pain or conditions such as fibromyalgia — can interfere with work, day-to-day activities and relationships. All too often, pain relief treatments are ineffective and can lead to a downward spiral of frustration, decreased functioning, stress, isolation — and worsening pain.
The May issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers comprehensive pain rehabilitation and how this approach can help patients break the cycle of worsening pain.
Pain rehabilitation centers and programs vary widely in scope and focus. Offerings may include a series of classes that last a few days to a few weeks. Some programs are residential; others are day programs. A common denominator across programs is a team approach, including physician specialists, psychologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and, in many cases, dietitians, social workers and chaplains. The team works to develop an individualized plan to address the many far-reaching effects that chronic pain has on the patient and family members.
Pain rehabilitation programs often include:
While a pain rehabilitation plan usually can't eliminate the pain, care from a team of pain management specialists can help patients change their focus from living with pain to living a more fulfilling life.
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