Pain researchers now recognize that psychological factors interact in complex multidimensional ways with physiological factors to produce an individual’s personal experience of pain. Assessment and treatment of these psychological factors is important for successful resolution of pain conditions.
Psychological assessments for pain patients help professionals provide psychological assessments that: Screen for pre-surgical selection of candidates for implantable pain therapies.
- Identify factors associated with positive and negative pain treatment outcomes.
- Recommend remedies for factors associated with negative pain treatment outcomes.
- Serve as a foundation for pain management therapies.
- Assist medical staff in supporting pain treatment patients in-home. HELP psychological assessments consider factors such as:
- Psychiatric/mood symptoms
- Cognitive abilities
- Psycho-Social support
- Experience and duration of pain
- Pain medication behavior
- Pain beliefs and coping
- Impact of pain on functioning
Pain management therapies help clinicians provide a variety of pain management therapies incorporating:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Family systems therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Meditation/relaxation therapy
- Biofeedback therapy
- Stress management
- Lifestyle change support