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.
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:
- Atypical pain syndromes
- Back pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Neck pain
- Oncology-related pain
- Spine pain
- Neuropathic pain from damaged or pinched nerves
Our treatment approaches include:
- Physical, occupational and aquatic therapy
- Expert behavioral and stress-management counseling
- Computer biofeedback to help learn pain-reducing relaxation techniques
- Epidural steroid injections to relieve inflammation at the source of pain
- Facet injections that limit pain and increase movement
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.
The frustrating effects of Parkinson Disease can take a toll on a patient’s abilities and self-image. However, a customized therapy plan can help Parkinson patients make significant gains.
For people with work-related injuries and chronic pain, we offer a range of therapies through RehabWorks, a worker rehabilitation program that brings together a multidisciplinary team to support people who have lost functional capacity due to a work-related illness or injury.
Through the aquatic therapy program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, warm water helps patients relax, enhances functional movement, and boosts confidence and ability.
Our lymphedema therapists help you achieve best results early and with continued treatment at outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Even in cases of chronic lymphedema, an active management program can reduce swelling and improve symptoms.
Independence is a major goal of every rehabilitation program. For over 30 years, the driver rehabilitation program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has offered a unique way for patients to return to this crucial aspect of their lives.
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.
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.