Chronic pain involves much more than simply the experience of intense pain. Over the last 40 years or so the biopsychosocial model has emerged as a powerful tool for understanding and treating chronic pain. This model recognizes that biological processes in the spinal cord and brain as well as psychological and emotional processes influence the perception of pain. At Creative Pain Solutions, applying the biopsychosocial model means we approach each individual patient's pain management program from a "whole person" viewpoint.
Chronic pain syndrome often originates with an injury of some type. Then persistent pain leads to restriction of physical activity out of fear that the pain might increase due to additional strain. Fear of what the future may hold leads to constant activation of the body's stress system resulting in muscle rigidity, weakness, loss of functional abilities, sleep disturbance and ever increasing emotional distress. Patients experience more depression, anxiety, fear, and often anger along with decreasing social contact and enjoyment of their families. Learning about the biopsychosocial model and the complex issues involved in the chronic pain experience helps CPS patients begin their journey towards full recovery.
To treat our pain patients comprehensively, "body, mind and heart", psychological assessment and treatment methods are fully integrated into the interdisciplinary pain management program. While the pain physician and physical therapist focus on biological and functional aspects of patients' chronic pain conditions, psychological counseling addresses the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. In counseling at CPS patients can be assured of respect, confidentiality, acceptance, and attention to their individual needs.
The psychologist is just one key member of your treatment team at CPS. Working together with all the professionals on your team you will learn to break the "vicious cycle" of chronic pain.