Pain Management

No one wants to live in pain. NTRC will teach you how to manage it! Chronic pain is a major health problem in the United States and one of the most common symptoms that prompts people to seek medical care.

  • Chronic pain totally or partially disables 60 million Americans (more than cancer or heart disease) and costs the American people more money than either. (Loeser, JD. 1999. Economic implications of pain management. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica 43: 957-959.)
  • Yearly costs of chronic pain to the Workers' compensation system are estimated at $100 billion. (Bradford, Michael. 2002. Costs of chronic pain rising. Business Insurance 36, Issue 10 (October): 19.)
  • Mismanagement of chronic pain causes over-utilization of diagnostic and treatment procedures, overuse of medications, depression, hospitalization, surgery and disability. (Loeser, JD. 1999. Economic implications of pain management. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica 43: 957-959.)
  • Fifty percent of those individuals who have been out of work for six months will return to work versus almost zero percent of those who have been out of work for two years due to an accident or injury. (Aronoff, Gerald M., and Jeffrey B. Feldman. 2000. Preventing disability from chronic pain. International Review of Psychiatry 12: 157-169.

Professional Physical Therapy

Chronic pain is defined as any pain that persists longer than three months and does not respond to conventional medical treatment. NTRC uses CARF accredited protocols. The Chronic Pain Management Program recognizes the urgent need to intervene effectively when an individual is left with unresolved, chronic pain following accident, illness or injury.

The Medical Director and entire team explain how the normal physiological processes are affected by chronic pain, the reasons for rehabilitation and the expected outcomes. It is important that patients and their families understand the treatment program and develop a relationship of trust, hope and mutual respect with the NTRC team.

The programs primary objective is to work with patients to overcome their pain and resume their normal lifestyle. Our rehabilitation physician-directed, multidisciplinary program maximizes self-reliance by:

  • Decreasing dependence on medical intervention (including medications)
  • Increasing self-management abilities in the areas of physical activities, mental relaxation, and spirituality
  • Increasing functional level
  • Returning to work as appropriate and ending the active treatment phase (MMI)