Few healthcare providers and most patients don’t understand what pain is and what it is not. This misunderstanding leads to misdirected (and costly) care that may, in fact, worsen outcomes for chronic pain. In this session, take the first step to understanding pain to improve the effectiveness of treatment plans. Your knowledge can keep workers from getting harmed from surgeries, or addicted to strong painkillers and help them improve their pain rather than just ‘manage it’.
Discuss the change in the prevalence rate of chronic pain in the United States and outcomes of commonly prescribed therapies for the treatment of chronic pain.
Describe the three dimensions required to create the experience of pain, in which dimensions risk factors for developing chronic pain reside, and which elements commonly prescribed therapies address.
Explain how to develop a management plan that understands and addresses risk factors for chronic pain.