Pain Management

What is the outpatient pain management program?

Many types of chronic pain may not seem serious at a glance, but at Bryn Mawr Rehab we know that long-term pain seriously impacts quality of life, often resulting in debility and depression over time. Chronic pain can be defined as any pain that:

  • Persists after an injury has healed, or lasts longer than the usual recovery time
  • Interferes with daily life, either at home or at work
  • Doesn’t get better after multiple attempts to treat it, including medication, physical therapy or surgery 

Chronic pain affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Almost 60 percent of the patients in our outpatient pain management program, offered at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital just outside of Philadelphia, suffer from:

Our treatment approaches include:

Our pain management program also draws on integrative medicine approaches to complement traditional pain therapies. These include:

  • Acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation to help relieve pain from certain areas of the body
  • Prolotherapy regenerative injections for joints, ligaments and tendons
  • Other types of alternative medicine to help stimulate the body’s own healing process

The pain management doctors at Bryn Mawr Rehab will oversee any pain medications you might need and will carefully select those with maximum effectiveness and minimal side effects—so that your body can rely on its own ability to feel good again.

Pain management program team

Our team partners with primary care doctors and other specialists for comprehensive physical, diagnostic and psychological evaluations. These evaluations help us to determine whether further tests such as blood chemistry, X-rays or imaging are needed, and ultimately to:

  • Minimize the effects of pain
  • Maximize function and productivity
  • Teach alternate coping methods
  • Minimize the need for medication
  • Prevent further injury

And ultimately enable you to return to normal activity. We'll develop a treatment plan based on your own interests and will bring our own creativity to keep you motivated!

After finishing our Pain Management Program:
96% of patients able to return to work
60% reduce reliance on medications

Family support for pain management

A support system of family and friends is particularly important for the recovery of a patient who suffers from chronic pain, which can lead individuals into isolation that worsens their psychological challenges. Even the most advanced pain management can't provide relief overnight and family involvement can be a crucial component of recovery inside and outside the pain management clinic.

Related specialties

Aquatic Therapy

Through the aquatic therapy program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, warm water helps patients relax, enhances functional movement, and boosts confidence and ability.

Physical Therapy

Each inpatient and outpatient physical therapy rehab is individually designed and administered by a licensed physical therapist who consistently guides you from that first visit all the way through recovery.

Hand Therapy

A hand therapy specialist is well-versed in a variety of methods and works to develop a personalized regimen for the unique needs of every patient. Our patients come from all walks of life—from young athletes to long-term arthritis sufferers to accidental burn victims.

Brain Injury Rehab

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital was one of the first facilities in the country to offer traumatic and nontraumatic inpatient brain injury rehab as well as outpatient brain injury rehab and has remained one of the best rehabilitation hospitals for brain injury treatment in the Philadelphia region for more than 30 years.

Neurological Rehab

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital offers an extensive, progressive neurologic outpatient rehabilitation program for patients who may be able to function on their own, but wish to function even better.

Concussion Rehab

One of the first acute rehabilitation hospitals in the country to provide treatment for brain injury, we’re recognized as a leader in the field of concussion treatment and recovery.

Speech Therapy

Our multidisciplinary approach to inpatient and outpatient speech therapy rehab includes expert diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders led by master’s-level, licensed and certified speech pathologists.

Equestrian Therapy

Equine-assisted therapy provides physical as well as cognitive benefits for a person’s recovery. As the horse walks, the repetitive swinging motion helps to improve the person’s balance, coordination and strength and muscle tone through the trunk and legs. Cognitive skills improve because riding requires balance, stability, timing and planning.

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