Dealing with acute and chronic pain from injuries or illness can lead to a substantial decrease in quality of life. Individuals dealing with pain often develop symptoms of anxiety and depression, can experience relationship difficulty and job loss, and typically experience a general decline in everyday functioning.
Secondary emotional and behavioral symptoms related to pain, including depression, anxiety, poor stress coping, interpersonal difficulties, and low pain tolerance are treatable with behavioral interventions. Successful treatment can offer individuals relief from the emotional and behavioral components of their pain condition. In addition, treatment can help reduce the use of Opioid medication or other substances and the risk of developing a substance use disorder or experiencing dependence on pain medication.
The Pain Assessment is a comprehensive Biopsychosocial approach to gaining a holistic understanding of pain and its related behavioral manifestations. This approach to assessment allows the treating professional and individual dealing with pain to develop a treatment plan that will address individual behavioral needs to facilitate successful outcomes.
Behavioral Pain Treatment
Behavioral treatment for pain involves learning about the complex nature of pain and the factors that contribute to the experience of pain. Interventions target distorted beliefs and thought processes, irrational fears and self-imposed limitations, interpersonal stress, and emotional and dynamic factors involved in the pain cycle. In addition, patients learn relaxation techniques to manage pain and related emotional, physiological, and behavioral symptoms. Finally, patients learn about the benefits of having an active role in their pain management. The goal of behavioral pain treatment is to restore functioning of patients to the highest level possible by helping them learn behavioral techniques to manage pain, change thought patterns related to pain, and process and regulate emotions.
To learn more about our behavioral pain management services or to schedule an appointment, please contact one of our office locations.