Members of a pain management team usually include the patient’s primary physician, a pain specialist, psychiatrist, physical therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist and other medical or wellness practitioners that can help with focal evaluation and treatment.
Treatments for chronic pain after it has been properly diagnosed include, but are not limited to: medication, modalities, injections, manual therapy, exercise, acupuncture, desensitization therapy, aquatic therapy, meditation, and bio feedback.
During this tough process we come alongside the patient to help them understand the pain process and to help them to begin to heal. Physical therapy is underutilized and has been shown to be, a not only beneficial but a cost effective intervention to break pain cycles that the body has been struggling through. One year follow up research studies found that pain management teams were effective in significantly improving outcome measures and overall physical and psychosocial functioning of the patient.