Behavioral Medicine Pain Services
Behavioral medicine refers to the way a person responds to an illness or disorder.
Clinical Psychologists at the Pain Center meet with patients to conduct evaluations and gather information that will help them correctly diagnose the problem, determine a customized treatment plan and help doctors make referrals to appropriate specialists.
Our behavioral professionals are committed to empowering patients who suffer from either short-term or long-term pain by giving them a measure of control over their condition. Patients and their families are offered skill training in effective ways to:
- Reduce and cope with pain
- Keep medication use to a minimum
- Reduce or eliminate unwanted side effects from invasive procedures and surgery
Range of Services
The following outpatient and inpatient services are provided at the Pain Center:
- Behavioral medicine evaluations
- Behavioral and cognitive (knowing and thinking) pain management
- Biofeedback and applied psychophysiology
- Pre-surgical evaluations
- Surgical preparation programs
- Pharmacotherapy (medication) consultations
- Individual consultations with the patient's doctors
In addition, behavioral medicine experts on our staff work closely with the patient's existing psychotherapist or psychiatrist to ensure that care is continuous and to avoid duplication of services.