Geisinger’s multidisciplinary pain management program can help.
People who live without pain probably don’t think much about it until they’re injured. Then pain — and making it go away — becomes a priority. Fortunately, acute pain from an injury can usually be managed with the help of your doctor and eventually, it should go away.
But some people live with pain all the time. Pain that lasts longer than 3 months is known as chronic pain, and it can affect every aspect of a person’s life. In the past, people were often prescribed opioid medications to manage chronic pain. But today, doctors are looking for other options as opioids come with a serious risk of addiction.
Since pain is so subjective — what feels like a burning sensation to one person, may feel like piercing, sharp knives to another — why treat everyone the same? We won’t.
A new approach to treating chronic pain
Alternative therapies that work with the body’s natural healing processes do exist. And Geisinger’s multidisciplinary pain management program (called MPP for short) is designed to help patients who suffer from chronic pain find the right solutions to overcome it.
The MPP at Geisinger Woodbine Lane in Danville, also available through virtual appointments, is an 8-session program that helps its patients overcome chronic pain through group support and lifestyle modifications. These include:
- Mindfulness and relaxation: Deep breathing, stretching and relaxation help focus your mind, so you can manage pain.
- Exercise and movement: Moderate exercise, such as walking for just a few minutes, can make a big difference in your well-being.
- Diet and nutrition: Eating a healthy diet, including high-fiber fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole foods, can help reduce pain.
- Behavioral pacing: This technique can help break the cycle of chronic pain and fatigue by using a disciplined approach to activity, rest and pacing.
- Group support: Knowing you’re not alone can make a huge difference.
- Sleep hygiene: You can learn techniques to promote improved sleep and decreased pain.
In most cases, participants in the MPP benefit from using a combination of these therapies. And many have been able to cut back on or quit taking pain medication altogether.
Ready to learn more?
Many patients have said that the MPP has given them their life back. So what do you have to lose?
If you’re interested in learning more, ask your primary care doctor for a referral to the MPP or fill out the form on this page and a member of our team will be in touch soon.
Bonnie overcame chronic pain through the MPP. Read her story.