The features of chronic pain are known as the five “D"s of chronic pain. These are as follows:
1. Drugs (too many)
2. Doctors (more than three)
Chronic pain usually leads to prescription drug addiction.
The aim of the Program is physical and mental rehabilitation, and pain control skills training to enable the patient to pursue a normal life free of addictive and deteriorating pain killers.
The BPM program is a multidisciplinary medical service provided by many specialists from different fields under direction of the Pain Specialist. The program consists of two phases:
Evaluation starts with the review of all submitted previous medical records and x-rays. A thorough assessment of the patient's medical history and pain evaluation is made by the Medical Director. Other medical specialists might be consulted as needed. This extensive medical evaluation results in the clinical diagnosis and a pain management plan.
Pain management consists of many components that are selected according to the needs of the patient. These may include:
• Detox from Addictive Pain Killers and Prescription Drugs
• Physical Rehabilitation
• Training in Managing the Activities of Daily Living
• Pain Control Techniques Training
• Individual and Group Health Counseling
• Family Therapy
• Vocational Rehabilitation
• Behavioral and Medication Treatments for Depression and other Emotional and Mental Complication of Chronic Pain and Suffering
All services are outpatient. Under unusual circumstances, including high doses of pain killers and other addictive prescription drugs, the patient might be hospitalized for a short period. The inpatient services are provided at West Florida Hospital.