What happens if I experience pain during or after therapy sessions?
If you experience pain during therapy, we will stop and evaluate your situation. We can add pain medication, reduce your exertion or add other pain control methods to your exercises. Don’t worry, we will be there to listen and react to your concerns every step of the way.
How will you be able to minimize my pain?
We have many different options to manage your pain. We offer both narcotic and non-narcotic pain medications. But other options exist, such as e-stim, ultrasound, biofreeze, diathermy, hot and cold packs, therapeutic massages, and more. Together we will find the right solution for you.
If I do need drugs, will I become addicted to narcotic pain medications?
We do everything in our power to ensure that does not occur. We gradually adjust medications during your stay to provide optimal pain relief with the least amount of medication.
Some days my acute pain is work than others. Why is that?
Your pain can vary based on the amount of activity you do and the amount of therapy you receive. Many patients with arthritis will tell you some days are worse than others based on the weather. Many variables can affect your pain which is why we individualize your treatment plan to minimize your pain and optimize your progress.
What is palliative care and when is it appropriate?
The purpose of palliative care is to alleviate pain and stress when the patient is suffering from a progressive and deteriorating disease such as Alzheimer’s Disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure or cancer. It can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.
Palliative care can help relieve suffering and provide much-needed support for the patient and family – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Please speak to us if you feel that you or your family member is a candidate for palliative care, and we will help guide you.