Pain Rehabilitation

Pain Rehabilitation

Far too many people spend their lives suffering from chronic pain. Sometimes pain management is simply not enough. At Brooks Pain Rehabilitation Program, we offer more - we provide Pain Rehabilitation to provide hope and help to those in need.

Those who suffer from chronic pain are often physically deconditioned, depressed, hopeless, anxious, frustrated, and fearful of doing even normal activities. Many times, their family relationships suffer, social and recreational activities decline, and the pain seems to go on forever. The Brooks Pain Rehabilitation Program has been offering comprehensive treatment for patients with chronic pain for over 25 years.

Comprehensive Rehabilitation

At Brooks, we are committed to offering medical, physical, emotional, functional, family, and individual treatments for those suffering with chronic pain and disability. Our comprehensive program includes individual counseling, coaching, education, and treatment from multiple therapists all working towards one goal – empowering our patients to achieve their highest level of recovery and function.

Expert Clinicians

Our team of dedicated professionals have been working together to treat patients with chronic pain for more than 25 years. The multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation team includes a physician, nurse/case manager, psychologist, physical therapist, and biofeedback therapist. Individual team members routinely speak at national conferences to educate others on optimal treatment of chronic pain. Brooks clinicians are also often published in national publications and newsletters.

Pain Rehabilitation Outcomes

Patients who completed our program reported significant decreases in:

  • Pain – 44%
  • Depression – 70%
  • Anxiety – 63%
  • Frustration – 69%

Our follow up surveys also show an improved ability to :

  • Cope with pain – 84%
  • Perform daily activities – 82%
  • Sleep comfortably – 72%
  • Increase overall level of activity – 76%

 

The primary goals of reducing pain, improving mood, and enhancing physical function ultimately leads to helping our patients learn to control their pain rather than being controlled by pain. By learning and doing things differently, our cognitive-behavioral pain rehabilitation program helps our patients to achieve excellent outcomes. The success that so many of our patients have experienced, both physically and emotionally, are continually reflected in the results of this program.

Opiate Weaning

When needed, our pain rehabilitation team also assists in reducing patient use of opiate medications. Although helpful initially, chronic use of opiate medications can lead to undesirable side effects regarding memory, thinking, bowel function, mood, and increased pain -- called hyperalgesia. Opioid-induced hyperalgesia is a condition where opiate medications actually increase sensitivity and pain perception. Once opiate medications are reduced, patients routinely experience up to a 40% decrease in pain. Our outcomes after opiate weaning also show improvements in both function and mood. 

Common Conditions Treated:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Joint Degeneration
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Sprain/Strain
  • Opiate/Narcotic Weaning

Evaluation process 

Before entering into our comprehensive pain rehabilitation program, patients must undergo complete medical examinations, along with evaluations by psychologists and physical therapists. Each of these examinations include an interview in which our clinicians discuss patient concerns and individual goals.

Time is spent reviewing medical history, along with an observation of the patient’s ability to perform physical tasks, such as getting up from a chair, reaching, and bending. Data is also gathered on mobility, strength, and muscle tension.

These examinations explore our patients’ personalities, emotions, life stressors, and how pain impacts their lives and their families. At the conclusion of each exam, evaluators summarize key findings that may relate to the patient’s condition.

Contact Us

Amanda Iames, RN, CRRN, CCM
Case Manager for Pain Rehabilitation Program
Amanda.iames@brooksrehab.org
904-345-7221
904-345-7255 (fax)