Pain Management

What is the outpatient pain management program?

Many types of chronic pain may not seem serious at a glance, but at Bryn Mawr Rehab we know that long-term pain seriously impacts quality of life, often resulting in debility and depression over time. Chronic pain can be defined as any pain that:

  • Persists after an injury has healed, or lasts longer than the usual recovery time
  • Interferes with daily life, either at home or at work
  • Doesn’t get better after multiple attempts to treat it, including medication, physical therapy or surgery 

Chronic pain affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Almost 60 percent of the patients in our outpatient pain management program, offered at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital just outside of Philadelphia, suffer from:

Our treatment approaches include:

Our pain management program also draws on integrative medicine approaches to complement traditional pain therapies. These include:

  • Acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation to help relieve pain from certain areas of the body
  • Prolotherapy regenerative injections for joints, ligaments and tendons
  • Other types of alternative medicine to help stimulate the body’s own healing process

The pain management doctors at Bryn Mawr Rehab will oversee any pain medications you might need and will carefully select those with maximum effectiveness and minimal side effects—so that your body can rely on its own ability to feel good again.

Pain management program team

Our team partners with primary care doctors and other specialists for comprehensive physical, diagnostic and psychological evaluations. These evaluations help us to determine whether further tests such as blood chemistry, X-rays or imaging are needed, and ultimately to:

  • Minimize the effects of pain
  • Maximize function and productivity
  • Teach alternate coping methods
  • Minimize the need for medication
  • Prevent further injury

And ultimately enable you to return to normal activity. We'll develop a treatment plan based on your own interests and will bring our own creativity to keep you motivated!

After finishing our Pain Management Program:
96% of patients able to return to work
60% reduce reliance on medications

Family support for pain management

A support system of family and friends is particularly important for the recovery of a patient who suffers from chronic pain, which can lead individuals into isolation that worsens their psychological challenges. Even the most advanced pain management can't provide relief overnight and family involvement can be a crucial component of recovery inside and outside the pain management clinic.

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