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Depression, anxiety, and PTSD can heighten a person's sense of pain, often resulting in co-morbid mental health issues and chronic pain. Learn how physicians can help patients cope with pain and get their personal and work lives back on track.
There is a great deal of evidence to support the effectiveness of various cognitive-behavioral interventions for reducing pain intensity and improving a patient’s coping skills. Behavioral medicine approaches aim to modify the overall pain experience, help restore functioning, and improve the quality of life of patients who suffer from chronic pain.
Obesity is a risk factor for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) Learn how increased adipose tissue can trigger an inflammatory cascade leading to PsA and how weight loss can help reduce the trend.
Learn how the Bio-Acoustical Utilization Device (BAUD), a biofeedback device, has shown promise in the management of patients with central sensitization and chronic pain.
Sexual problems affect an alarming number of patients with chronic pain. Fortunately, there are a variety of strategies to help physicians discuss sexual function and make sex satisfying again for patients with chronic pain.
Talking to your patients about their sexual history is just as important as taking a medical history. Treating sexual dysfunction lowers pain levels, reduces stress, and improves quality of life.
Biofeedback, along with hypnosis, can be used as a tool to help patients modulate or control their body's reaction to painful situations. Learn more about how biofeedback works in pain management.
How to bring behavioral medicine into standard pre-operative and post-operative counseling for pain control.
Pain catastrophizing is a negative cascade of cognitive and emotional responses to actual or anticipated pain. For instance, one may worry a great deal about the possibility that their pain will worsen. Or they may find themselves fearfully ruminating that there may be a serious yet unknown medical problem underlying their pain.
In addition to assessing pain levels through a self-report scale, it is also important to assess psychological factors, such as catastrophizing and anxiety, to adequately manage acute and chronic pain in the emergency department.
For many people with chronically painful conditions, spiritual beliefs shape the way they view their pain or provide strategies to manage their pain. Research results have supported the use of spiritual practices in helping patients cope with pain, reduce pain intensity, and lessen the degree to which pain interferes with the activities of daily living.
Over the past 30 years, we have seen tremendous changes in the diagnosis and treatment of pain—including a better understanding of pain as the 5th vital sign. The prevalence of pain is striking.
Physicians need to recognize the ‘yellow flags’ that help identify patients at risk of developing chronic pain. Early intervention is key to prevention of disease progression.
Hear the story of a pain patient who overcame her pain and now helps others through coaching.
We recently surveyed the Practical Pain Management Editorial Board members and asked them how a pain practitioner can effectively manage a pain patient who is experiencing mental deterioration.