The goal of an outpatient rehabilitation program is to address a person’s pain through behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or a combination of the two.
For some people, an outpatient rehab may be a long-term solution to their chronic pain, and others may find that a longer-term approach works best for them.
Here are some tips for getting started in the outpatient rehab field.1.
Choose an area of your life with the most intense pain in the world2.
Get your treatment plan in order3.
Get the support you need4.
Schedule appointments, so that you can get your care4.
Talk to your doctor to make sure you are receiving the best care you can Get started: 1.
Find out where your pain is: Do you have a serious illness, chronic pain or are just dealing with the symptoms of a chronic disease?
Is your pain worsening?
Do you know where you are on your pain management timeline?
Find the right pain specialists to meet your needs: Are there specialists in your area who specialize in pain management?
Are there any pain specialists who have worked with you before?
Find an experienced physical therapist: Find an physical therapist who has worked with your chronic pain for at least a year or who has experience in treating chronic pain and who is willing to help you with your pain.4.
Work with a therapist who understands your pain: Find a therapist with a background in pain, who is experienced in managing your pain, whose knowledge and expertise can help you navigate your pain journey.5.
Find a pain specialist who will work with you: Find the appropriate physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who will meet with you every week to work with your specific pain symptoms and work with them to find the best solution for your chronic condition.6.
Schedule your appointments: Scheduling appointments is a great way to get started in your rehabilitation.
This is a good time to find out where you live and what the day-to-day pain you are experiencing is.
Find your pain specialist’s contact information here.7.
Go to the ER: Find out if your pain clinic has an emergency room.
Your doctor will likely refer you there if your chronic symptoms are worsening.
If you have had any complications with your surgery, your doctor may recommend you to go to the emergency room for further testing and treatment.8.
Take care of your body: Take care to maintain your weight.
This includes eating healthy and exercising regularly.
If there is a risk of an infection in your body, ask your doctor if it’s a good idea to avoid strenuous activities or go outside.
Find more information about managing chronic pain here.9.
Have a plan to keep going: Get some sleep, get plenty of rest, and follow your pain medication schedule.
It may be difficult to find someone who is knowledgeable about your chronic medical conditions, and you may not have time to talk to them all.
Find other people with similar chronic pain needs and help them find a pain management team who is committed to helping you get the best treatment for your pain that works for you.
Find people who are working with you and your chronic disease and are willing to meet with your doctor for a treatment plan that you and they can work with.
Find ways to share your pain with loved ones and help each other manage your chronic problems.
Find help with your health insurance.
Find support groups for people with chronic pain.
Find resources to get you started.10.
Keep up your care: If you are unable to go home or if you need to go on a medication schedule, see your doctor or a pain clinic for additional support and care.
Find information on chronic pain care for seniors here.