The Creative Pain Solutions team diagnostic process examines "body, mind and heart" looking for factors maintaining chronic pain. This unique diagnostic process is holistic and considers a broad range of medical, functional and psychosocial factors known to influence the experience of pain.
We begin with a complete review of your medical condition. Your existing records and diagnostic tests are reviewed thoroughly, only then are any additional diagnostic procedures ordered. The CPS psychologist assesses psychological and emotional functioning related to your pain condition and the physical therapist completes the functional evaluation. The CPS team then meets to discuss all of your findings before arriving at a "diagnosis" or explanation for your pain. Finally, you will sit down with members of the CPS treatment team to review their findings and discuss identified treatment options.
A few comments about the current medical approach to diagnosing and treating chronic pain are warranted. One reason why medical treatment for chronic pain fails is this: the treatment attempted was not the correct intervention because the specific cause of pain was never pinpointed. While many tend to think that surgery and other interventional treatments will surely eliminate pain that does not resolve with less invasive treatment, remember that even effective treatment methods can disappoint if applied to the wrong problem.
DIAGNOSIS WITH A DIFFERENCE
A second reason for poor treatment outcomes is that today's high tech scanners routinely uncover bulging discs and other so called abnormalities, which in reality often have very little to do with what's hurting. It is important to know MRI scans and others can be helpful but only when the doctor has a very good reason to suspect a particular problem.
At Creative Pain Solutions we are determined to help our patients avoid these pitfalls. We believe it is vital to consider a broad range of factors that can maintain and intensify chronic pain. Our "whole person" diagnostic process does so and distinguishes the CPS approach from others.