EFFECTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY

It’s a very exciting time at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass. For years our physicians have used a multi-specialty, multi-modality approach to treating patients within our physician practice, our surgery center and our behavioral medicine department. Now we’ve added to our Center a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, featuring Jason Goumas, an experienced physical therapist. What separates Jason from other Pts?

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ALLEVIATE PAIN WITH MILD TREATMENT

The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass is the largest freestanding facility in Kentucky dedicated to the treatment of pain. It hosts 11 physicians of varying specialties and sub-specialties, all who have the goal of pain alleviation and management. Dr. Steven Ganzel, one of the doctors practicing at the Center, has recently added Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) treatment to his list of services for those seeking relief from pain and suffering.

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THE EFFECTS OF CHRONIC PAIN ON MENTAL HEALTH

People frequently think that pain is a purely physical sensation.  However, pain has biological, psychological and emotional factors. Pain can cause feelings such as anger, disappointment, hopelessness, sadness and fear, to name a few. “While medical treatments, such as surgical interventions, physical therapy/rehabilitation, and medications, can be helpful in treating chronic pain, psychological treatments are also very important,” says Heather Wright, CEO of The Pain Treatment....

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THE EFFECTS OF CHRONIC PAIN ON MENTAL HEALTH

People frequently think that pain is a purely physical sensation.  However, pain has biological, psychological and emotional factors. Pain can cause feelings such as anger, disappointment, hopelessness, sadness and fear, to name a few. “While medical treatments, such as surgical interventions, physical therapy/rehabilitation, and medications, can be helpful in treating chronic pain, psychological treatments are also very important,” says Heather Wright, CEO of The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass. Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that accompany the discomfort can help the patient cope more effectively with the pain.


At The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass, the Behavioral Medicine Specialists work with patients to teach them how to cope with the feelings and behaviors that accompany chronic pain. “For patients dealing with chronic pain, I talk with them and show them new ways to think about pain. I work with the patient to find solutions to more effectively manage that pain,” says Marie Simpson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at the Center. Treatment plans are designed for each individual and may include developing relaxation techniques, changing old beliefs about pain, building new coping skills and addressing any anxiety or depression that may accompany chronic pain. Kellie Dryden, another LCSW at the Center, explains: “We evaluate all patients who are referred to Behavioral Medicine to assess their

presenting problems, mental health history, coping skills, interpersonal relationships, access to resources, and environmental factors that may impact the way they experience chronic pain. We also offer ongoing therapy sessions that can be scheduled the same day as their pain management office visits for those who travel long distances to continue to build on coping skills, offer support and make the best use of the patient’s visit to our Center.”  Marie Simpson, LCSW,  stresses that “most patients find they can better manage their pain with just a few sessions.”


While many health care providers work independently, not so at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass. Heather Wright, CEO highlights that “the Center employs providers from all specialties, who act together to ultimately give the best care possible to the patient. New patients are assessed by an array of professionals, including Board Certified Pain Specialists, Behavioral Medicine Specialists and Physical Therapist; all coordinating their efforts with the best and most current information from their particular disciplines.”


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 2015, rates of depressive

disorders ranged from 23% to 78% in chronic pain groups compared with rates of 5% to 17.1% in the general population. “These statistics emphasize the need for a comprehensive approach to pain management,” stresses Heather Wright, CEO, “and we provide that at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass.” By doing so, The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass helps its patients to more effectively manage both the physical and emotional sides of chronic pain.


For more information on Behavioral Medicine (ext. 285) and other services (ext. 258) at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass, call (859)278-1316.

THE PAIN TREATMENT CENTER

The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass is the largest freestanding facility in the Bluegrass Region dedicated to the treatment of pain. We specialize in treating patients for whom traditional medical/surgical methods have failed to alleviate their pain.