PAIN MANAGEMENT / SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR
These evaluations are typically scheduled within 1 week after speaking with the patient or receiving a referral from the pain doctor. We will send out the paperwork which is required to be sent back before scheduling since we are currently seeing most patients over telehealth.
The evaluations typically take 15-30 minutes. The report is sent to the referring doctor within 24 business hours.
TIPS FOR COPING WITH PAIN
Consider the following steps that can be helpful in changing habits and improving your sleep:
Stay Active: Pain, or the fear of pain, can lead people to stop doing the things they enjoy. Its's important not to let pain take over your life.
Know Your Limits: Continue to be active in a way that acknowledges your physical limitations. Make a plan about how to manage your pain, and don't push yourself to do more than you can handle.
Exercise: Stay healthy with low-impact exercise such as stretching, yoga, walking and swimming.
Make Social Connections: Call a family member, invited a friends to lunch or make a date for coffee with a pal you haven't seen in awhile. Research shows that people with greater social support are more resilient and experience less depression and anxiety. Ask for help when you need it.
Distract Yourself: When pain flares, find ways to distract your mind from it. Watch a movie, talk a walk, engage in a hobby or visit a museum. Pleasant experiences can help you cope with pain.
Don't Lose Hope: With the right kind of psychological treatments, many people learn to manage their pain and think of it in a different way.
Follow Prescriptions Carefully!
If medications are part of your treatment plan, be sure to use them as prescribed by your doctor to avoid possible dangerous side effects. In addition to helping you develop better ways to cope with and manage pain, psychologists can help you develop a routine to stay on track with your treatment.