Chronic pain can be defined by any of these three criteria:
- It persists after an injury has healed, or lasts longer than the usual recovery time
- It interferes with daily life, either at home or at work
- It doesn’t get better after multiple attempts to treat it, including medication, physical therapy or surgery
Many types of chronic pain may not seem serious at a glance, but at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, we know that long-term pain seriously impacts quality of life, often resulting in debility and depression over time. 96 percent of our patients are able to return to work after finishing our comprehensive Pain Management Program, over 60 percent reduce their reliance on medications, and 98 percent rate their Bryn Mawr Rehab experience as good or excellent.
Pain management: Our approach
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
- Enable patients to return to normal activity
Our pain management doctors develop treatment plans inspired by the patient’s interests and utilizing our signature creative approach to keep them motivated.
Chronic pain doesn’t discriminate: It can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Almost 60 percent of the patients in the pain management program at Bryn Mawr Rehab suffer from:
- Atypical pain syndromes
- Back pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Neck pain
- Oncology-related pain
- Spine pain
- Neuropathic pain resulting from damaged or pinched nerves
Bryn Mawr Rehab pain management services include a range of therapeutic techniques, whether patients need chronic back pain treatment or relief from pinched nerves. Treatment approaches include:
- Physical, occupational, and aquatic therapy
- Psychological treatment including expert behavioral and stress-management counseling
- Computer biofeedback that helps patients learn pain-reducing relaxation techniques
- Medication management by physicians to select medications with maximum effectiveness and minimal side effects
- Epidural steroid injections that deliver anti-inflammatory steroids to the source of pain
- Facet injections that limit pain and increase movement
- Acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation to help relieve pain from certain areas of the body
- Ultrasound guided procedures for image-guided injections of joints, ligaments and tendons
- Blocks that will relieve abdominal pain from the pancreas, nerves or spine
- 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 program is offered at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, Pa. Upon completion of the program, we invite patients to participate in the Graduates Group for Pain Management, a psychologist-led support group for individuals with chronic pain who have completed our comprehensive pain program.
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.