Aquatic Therapy: Aquatic therapy may be included in the
treatment plan because of its effectiveness in treating chronic pain.
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has an onsite therapeutic pool where patients
can take advantage of the unique qualities of warm water to help
decrease pain and improve circulation. Gentle water resistance helps
increase muscle strength and mobility and can help reduce pain.
Biofeedback: Biofeedback helps patients learn
relaxation skills and techniques to control body responses to pain.
Patients are led through various relaxation procedures while they are
monitored by a computer. Computerized feedback identifies stressors that
exacerbate pain and provides visual feedback on how the body reacts to
relaxation techniques. Patients often can reduce medications by using
biofeedback to learn strategies for pain control.
Cryoneurolysis: A technique that uses extreme cold to
freeze nerves and interrupt the transmission of pain.
Discography: A diagnostic test used to determine the
extent of disc degeneration.
Epidural injections: The most common interventional
pain management procedure which delivers powerful anti-inflammatory
steroids to the source of pain, allowing the area to heal and repair.
Facet injections and Medial Branch Blocks: An injection
into the posterior section of the spine to limit pain and increase
Intrathecal And Epidural Infusion Systems: Implantable
medical devices that deliver medications where pain originates.
Medical Management and Interventions: Each patient
seeking relief from pain receives a comprehensive physical and
diagnostic evaluation by our physicians to determine the type and
location of the pain. This evaluation indicates whether further
diagnostic testing, such as blood chemistry, x-rays, imaging or other
medical tests are needed and helps identify the appropriate
interventional procedures and treatment options, including
pharmacological, interventional or alternative procedures and
Neurolytic Celiac Plexus Block for Oncological Pain: A
procedure that uses chemical substances to destroy painful nerves that
result from some types of cancer.
Percutaneous Discectomy: A surgical technique to remove
a spinal disc that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord, and
Physical and Occupational Therapy: Exercise is often
the single most effective modality to treat pain. As part of our therapy
program, patients follow a graduated regimen of stretching and
strengthening to improve cardiovascular fitness, endurance and range of
motion and muscle strength. As patients begin managing pain, the
treatment components shift to functional activities that focus on
activities of daily living, performing daily tasks and tolerating
increased mobility. For patients who strive to return to work,
therapists use real and simulated work tasks to prepare for their return
to the workplace.
Psychological Treatment: A key emphasis in our program
includes behavioral training to help reduce dependent behavior and
resolve barriers patients may have during the recovery process. Our pain
management treatment team includes a psychologist with experience in
pain management. Patients can take part in individual or group
counseling sessions where the focus is on reinforcing positive
behaviors. Group sessions help reduce the isolation patients may
experience, while individual sessions address depression, stress
management techniques and use of coping strategies.
Radiofrequency Neuroablation: Pulse waves that
deactivate or kill nerves around the spine which are causing intense
Selective Epidural and Root Blocks: An approach similar
to epidural procedures that directly delivers pain relief through
Spinal Cord Stimulation: Implantation of a medical
device, similar to a pacemaker, that blocks pain signals before they can
travel to the brain. This treatment is used if pain has not been
relieved by other methods.
Sympathetic Blockade: An injection to treat a condition
called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome that blocks pain by resetting a
circuit in the spine’s sympathetic nerve system.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.