Role of Physical Therapists in Pain Management Explored
Daren Anderson, Project ECHOs Chief Quality Officer adds its a very practical use of telemedicine. Theres an enormous need for primary care providers who are providing the brunt of care for most patients to get the support and the answers to their questions. I think all of us are saying There must be a better way than the traditional way of sending people here and sending them there and faxing answers and all that. And this really provides that, said Dr. Anderson. According to Anderson, pain management involves multiple different aspects of medicine, such as behavioral health, addiction medicine, physical medicine and orthopedics. These arent things that are traditionally taught in the typical training that a primary care provider goes [through], and certainly not how to pull them all together in one patient, he says. Primary care physicians treat over half of all chronic pain patients, but surveys show most have low confidence in their ability to effectively manage pain. They also receive little or no pain management training or education, and according to studies, vary widely in the methods they use to document and manage their patients pain. Officials expect initiatives like Project ECHO can also yield health care savings by helping patients avoid unnecessary appointments and medical tests. Chronic pain affects 100 million American adults and costs the U.S. up to $635 billion a year in treatment and lost productivity.
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Educational series on pain management for those with arthritis
Acupressure: Complementary medicine technique that uses pressure on certain points along the body to help with pain management. Acupuncture: Complementary medicine technique using tiny needles inserted in the skin at certain points along the body to help manage pain. Acute pain: Pain that can be extremely intense, but lasts for only a short period of time. Acute pain also has a diagnosable cause and gets better with treatment. Adjuvant medication: Drug not primarily designed for or prescribed to help alleviate pain, but that has been found to help with pain management. Allodynia: Term used to describe pain that occurs from a situation that doesn’t usually cause pain, like something barely touching your skin. Analgesic: Medication specifically designed to manage or help prevent pain. Anesthetic: Drug that causes numbness. Antidepressant: Medication typically used to treat symptoms of depression, but also commonly prescribed to help manage chronic pain and some of its symptoms, such as insomnia. Anxiolytics: Medications that help manage anxiety and are also used to manage pain by encouraging muscles to relax and thereby ease the pain. Biofeedback: Complementary medicine technique that trains you to control your body’s unconscious processes like breathing and heart rate, which can help to alleviate pain. Breakthrough pain: Pain that occurs suddenly or as a result of a particular activity.
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The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio is taking aim at arthritis pain with an educational series called Breaking the Pain Chain that will begin in October in Willoughby. Classes will be held on Mondays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at ActiveCare PT, Inc., 36495 Vine Street, Suite L, Willoughby, OH, 44094. Registration deadline is September 30. The program is designed for people who desire to be an active participant in their arthritis management. It empowers participants to effectively manage their arthritis and related chronic pain, and helps them build a personal Pain Management Plan. Taught by an Arthritis Foundation-trained leader, the series will explore: Understanding Arthritis (Session 1); Pain Management (Session 2); Diet and Exercise (Session 3); and Complementary Therapies and Stress Reduction (Session 4). Participants can attend all four sessions or pick and choose the ones that are right for them. The class fee is $40, which includes a Health Organizer and a variety of Arthritis Foundation educational materials. Partial need-based scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required by calling the Arthritis Foundation Arthritis Answers line at (216) 285-2836 or (800) 245-2275, ext. 6416.
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Know options available for pain management
It is important to understand pain in order to manage pain. Pain is most often our bodys normal protective response to injury or illness. In most cases, people can return to normal activities after a brief period of rest, appropriate medical treatment, and when necessary, some short-term use of pain medications. It is extremely important that the cause of acute pain is identified and appropriate treatment is received, before it becomes chronic and harder to treat. Since the Pain Management Task Force started in 2010, most of the 109 recommendations have been implemented. Army Medicine now leads the transformation of the Nations pain management strategy, specifically pertaining to the overuse and abuse of prescription medications. The objectives are to treat acute and chronic pain needs of Soldiers and Family members by implementing a holistic system of pain management that integrates traditional and non-traditional methods. The holistic approach to pain management ensures a focus not only on decreasing the level of pain, but also to restoring a persons quality of sleep, mood and activity which might be negatively affected by their pain. Nontraditional pain management treatments include things like acupuncture, yoga, medical massage, chiropractic care, biofeedback, relaxation techniques and behavioral health therapies. Traditional pain treatments include appropriate use of non-prescription and prescription medications, physical therapy, and surgical procedures. Pain is the number one reason patients seek physician care in the U.S. More than 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain with an estimated annual cost of $560 billion for health care expenses, lost income, and lost productivity.
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How Is Pain Treated?
Vik Singh, Joins CA Pain Network and Accepting New Patients Filed Under: Press Releases Premier Los Angeles pain management doctor, Vik Singh MD, has joined the California Pain Network and is accepting new patients at several locations. He offers both medication management along with interventional procedures. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2013 Premier Los Angeles pain management doctor, Vik Singh MD, has joined the California Pain Network and is accepting new patients at several locations. He offers both medication management along with interventional procedures. For more information and scheduling, call (310) 626-1526. The California Pain Network offers Los Angeles pain management doctors at numerous locations throughout the greater LA area. Dr. Vik Singh is the latest Board Certified, highly skilled pain doctor to join the Network. He offers over 25 effective treatments for both acute and chronic pain, including neck or low back pain RSD, sciatica, failed back surgery syndrome, arthritis, spinal stenosis and more. Dr. Singh is also a certified Suboxone prescriber and individualizes treatment options. By having so many in his repertoire, Dr.
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Board Certified Los Angeles Pain Management Doctor, Dr. Vik Singh, Joins CA Pain Network and Accepting New Patients
Burkhead is able to tailor options for each particular individual. This offers effective results when so many options are available for decreasing pain and frequency of migraines. The various therapeutic options Innovative Pain Care include medicatios and interventional treatments. Narcotics, preventive migraine medications and the latest options are available. For interventional treatment, this includes trigger point injections, radiofrequency ablation, facet injections, occipital nerve blocks, and more. The therapies reduce headache pain and also reduce the frequency of migraines, cluster and tension headaches. Nothing is more frustrating than suffering from chronic migraines, and to have a provider capable of bringing relief such as Dr. Burkhead at Innovative Pain Care may change a person’s life. Over 10% of the US suffers from chronic migraines and desire a treatment that can lift the cloud of chronic pain.
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Telemedicine initiative seeks to improve management of patients’ chronic pain
When people with chronic pain are taught how to use self-hypnosis for pain management and improved sleep, they experience pain relief and sleep better. This research also reveals that hypnosis has many side effects, which are overwhelmingly positive. People who learn self-hypnosis can not only experience significant pain relief, but report a greater sense of overall well-being and control. For all of these reasons, more clinicians are seeking to learn how to apply hypnosis and to teach self-hypnosis to their clients with chronic pain. Mark P. Jensen is Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters on pain assessment and management, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain. He is the author of Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Workbook and Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Therapist Guide , winner of the 2011 Arthur Shapiro Award for Best Book on Hypnosis, from the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He will be presenting a Hypnosis for Pain Management workshop on pain management at the 55th ASCH Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshops on 16 March 2013. Subscribe to the OUPblog via email or RSS . Subscribe to only psychology articles on the OUPblog via email or RSS . Image credit: A pocket watch is going through a hypnotizing motion.
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Las Vegas Pain Management Clinic, Innovative Pain Care, Now Providing Over Ten Successful Migraine Treatments
Sluka, PT, PhD, professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, and Marie Hoeger Bement, PT, PhD, associate professor in the department of physical therapy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Physical therapy is a key component of multidisciplinary pain control and is often a first point of entry for patients in the healthcare system. Physical therapy pain management focuses on education (posture, pacing, disease, remaining active), exercise (aerobic, strengthening, stretching, motor control), manual therapy (massage, joint mobilization and manipulation), electrical stimulation (TENS [transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation], interferential current), heat modalities (hot packs, ultrasound), cold modalities (ice pack, ice bath), and motor imagery, sensory re-education, and virtual reality. The goals of physical therapy pain management are to reduce pain and improve function. This involves a multidisciplinary approach that includes the patient as an active participant utilizing both active and passive approaches. Explaining the difference between active vs passive approaches for chronic pain, they noted that an active approach includes self-management, education, exercise, and sensory-motor re-education and a passive approach includes physical agents, electrical modalities, and manual therapies. Self-management includes instruction on the disease process (central sensitization, chronic pain mechanism), remaining active (benefits of physical activity), and pacing activities; eg, managing pain response. A self-management plan helps patients believe in their own capacity to control their pain, Drs. Sluka and Hoeger Bement said. With the clinician serving as the guide or coach, the patient engages in an active program of problem-solving skills, decision making, and physical activity. Finally, it is important for patients to understand physical inactivity increases risk for chronic pain, whichcan be reduced with increasing levels of physical activity. They admitted compliance is difficult; the majority of the population (>70%) is physically inactive.
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Hypnosis for chronic pain management
The goal of pain management is to improve function, enabling individuals to work, attend school, or participate in other day-to-day activities. Patients and their physicians have a number of options for the treatment of pain; some are more effective than others. Sometimes, relaxation and the use of imagery as a distraction provide relief. These methods can be powerful and effective, according to those who advocate their use. Whatever the treatment regime, it is important to remember that pain is treatable. The following treatments are among the most common. Acetaminophen is the basic ingredient found in Tylenol and its many generic equivalents. It is sold over the counter, in a prescription-strength preparation, and in combination with codeine (also by prescription). Recommended Related to Pain Management Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain In the past decade, strong evidence has accumulated regarding the benefits of mind-body therapies, acupuncture, and some nutritional supplements for treating pain. Other alternative treatments such as massage, chiropractic therapies, therapeutic touch, certain herbal therapies, and dietary approaches have the potential to alleviate chronic pain in some people.
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