How do we Treat Patients with Pain Conditions?
Although treatments such as physical therapy, medications, injections, and splint can provide relief of pain conditions, research shows that patient engagement in self-management such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), therapeutic exercise, and mindfulness-based stress reduction can activate and empower patients to reduce risk factors to heal pain conditions long-term. This applies to the common condition of having a pulled jaw muscle
The integration of preventive self-management training of patients with treatment using a team with technology is a smart model of healthcare– transformative care– that can help the health care system recover from its devastating escalation of addiction and disability due to pain in recent years. Transformative care is the basis for the care of patients with pain conditions provided by the integrative pain specialists of the Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic.
Why do we use an Interdisciplinary Team?
MHNPC is a model for establishing pain clinics nationally using an interdisciplinary team of pain specialists
in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Psychology, Physical Therapy, and Health Coaching. The interdisciplinary team is best able to provide successful care for complex by integrating self-management training with evidence-based treatment to help transform patients from pain and illness to health and well-being.
Our clinic is recognized by the American Pain Society designates as a Center of Excellence in pain management and for our Orofacial Pain Specialty expertise
Self-management focuses on reducing risk factors and enhancing protective actions using brief structured psychophysiological counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and online training. This is combined with short-term use of medical management, physical medicine procedures, injections, and jaw splints that are tailored to the individual needs of the patient
. The specially trained telehealth coach follows up with patients by phone to support the patient in implementing self-management and achieving their goals.
What causes Pain Conditions to Persist and not Heal?
Our goal is to help you resolve your pain long-term.
Pain occurs in cycles with the symptoms caused by diagnoses, which are caused by injury & strain and then made worse by stress. Long-term success can be achieved when we both treat the condition and train you to reduce these causes of pain. The cause of pain conditions is complex. Our goal is to avoid a pain disorder
Pain cycles involve all realms of your life and are not static and independent but rather are dynamic, evolving, and interrelated processes that involve a set of risk and protective factors that can shift the balance between health and illness.
The factors may be diverse and include the body (e.g., muscle, joint, or nerve conditions, posture, weak tight muscles, lifestyle (habits, repetitive strain, posture, lifestyle, eating, sleep), emotions (depression, fear, anxiety, anger, guilt
), society (conflict, relationships, abuse, isolation, social support, secondary gain), mind (attitudes, resilience, expectation, understanding), spirit (purpose, hopes dreams, self-compassion, beliefs), and the environment (risky surrounding, disorganized, unclean, noise, pollution). We consider it a best practice to avoid opioid prescription use
or minimize it as much as possible.