The Pain Management Center believes that it is important for patients to be educated regarding their pain conditions.
Patients meeting with the medical team -- including physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses --can receive information and ask questions regarding their pain conditions. Patients who meet with the pain psychologist receive information regarding the impact that their pain conditions have on their lives.
Educational topics usually discussed by the psychologist include:
- the difference between acute vs. chronic pain
- pain physiology
- sleep disruption sleep improvement
- memory changes due to the pain
- redefining identity to reclaim life back from the pain condition
Patients who work with the physical therapists and occupational therapists often discuss proper body mechanics for doing activities of daily living and a home exercise programs.The Pain Management Center believes that it is important for patients to be educated regarding their pain conditions.