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Pain Management

Chronic pain treatment services

Northwest Return to Work (NWRTW) understands pain and its effects. We also understand how to treat pain so that people with pain have a chance to get back to living a rich, meaningful life. At the core of our philosophy is the belief that behavior change is the only sustainable way to help people live healthier lives.

Successfully treating pain

Non-malignant chronic pain is a complex medical issue. Not surprisingly, therefore, its successful treatment requires an interdisciplinary approach. Interdisciplinary pain services and programs have proven to be effective in treating persistent pain – and more cost- effective than many traditional medical and surgical treatments. Interdisciplinary pain programs are most effective when initiated as early as possible in the recovery process, often helping to prevent disability.

The good news for those suffering from chronic pain, and their health providers, is that a significant amount of the suffering and disability that accompanies chronic pain can be managed through techniques available through NWRTW’s pain treatment services.

Offering effective pain treatment

When pain takes control of an individual’s life, the sufferer can feel isolated, discouraged and abandoned, losing hope and withdrawing from the very resources that can help mitigate the pain.

NWRTW’s pain treatment services help the sufferer reconnect with his or her internal resources and community support – a key to successful pain management – in order to regain control of life and move confidently in a valued direction.

NWRTW helps clients mobilize their inner physical and mental resources to effectively manage pain and illness. Our chronic pain treatment program uses an interdisciplinary approach that includes physical activity and psychosocial interventions to provide coping strategies for persistent pain. Our integrated treatment plan is developed collaboratively with the client to cultivate self-awareness, teach strategies to improve psychological well-being, and help the client learn appropriate and effective self-management techniques.

Working together toward a common goal

Clients and their doctors are not alone in navigating the complex condition of chronic pain. The NWRTW team of professionals helps the client better understand his or her condition by assessing the individual’s degree of disability, the current prognosis, and future health outlook.

Our interdisciplinary team includes a physician, psychologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and vocational rehabilitation specialist.

Click here to find out more about the steps in the treatment process.

Individualized Treatment

Our treatment program is individualized depending on the needs of the clients and focuses on teaching clients:

  • Techniques to increase body awareness; these techniques combine breathing and mindfulness to calm their minds and improve the mind-body connection
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  • Appropriate exercises to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Effective communication with family, employers, health professionals, and friends
  • Nutrition, and other techniques and information based on the unique needs of the client.

Other services provided include:

  • 1:1 vocational counseling assist in establishing a return to work plan and assist in utilizing resources to transition smoothly back to work.
  • visceral manipulation/myofascial release
  • dry needling
  • naturopathic medicine
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