Goals of Pain Treatment
Pain treatments centers may differ in their specific treatment goals, but most have a desire to complete the following tasks:
- Reduce the severity of your condition
- Teach effective stress management tools
- Restore overall movement and health
- Encourage cooperation in group activities
These four main pain treatment goals can be accomplished through determining the following:
- Type of pain being experienced
- What medications can help
- How your body has been and will be affected by your condition
- Whether physical therapy is necessary
- If non-medical pain treatments, such as massage and acupuncture, should be used
- Cause of pain
- What unique pain therapies may be helpful
Causes of Pain
Where did your pain come from? Your condition may have occurred as a result of:
- An injury
- Drug use
- HIV and Aids
- Genetic disorder
Situations vary depending on the person and may become more severe in certain cases. Pain treatment centers however, desire to treat any person in need of pain treatment and recovery.
Questions for Pain Treatment Centers
You may want to talk with your doctor to determine what his or her opinion is of pain treatment and if he or she recommends any pain treatment centers. The following are a few questions that may be helpful to ask when inquiring about a pain treatment center.
- What types of credentials regarding pain treatment does your facility have?
- How will my family be involved in the treatment process?
- Do you offer inpatient and/or outpatient treatment?
- Do you have references from former patients of your pain treatment facility?
- What does it cost to stay at your pain treatment center?
- Has anyone ever been through the program with my specific pain condition? What was the result?
- How is fitness incorporated into your program?
- What medical treatment methods does your facility provide?
- Can my insurance be used to pay for your facility?
- Does your facility provide non-medical treatments for pain?
- Is your facility accredited?
- What are the qualifications of the staff assisting with chronic pain in residents?
- How long do most pain patients stay at your facility?
- Why should I attend your pain program?
In addition to the questions listed above, you may want to inquire about the goals of the facility. Do these goals match up with the goals listed under “goals of pain treatment”?