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Pain Psychology

Patients often think of pain as being a purely physical symptom, the result of injury or physical deterioration. Often times, the pain is actually a manifestation of an emotional or psychological issue, and attempts to treat or manage the pain with tools for physical issues are ineffective. Chronic pain patients can also suffer psychological issues in conjunction with their physical pain, as the very nature of chronic pain can cause depression, frustration and anxiety, all of which create psychological trauma which requires its own examination and management.

Psychological issues can cause chronic pain in patients, some of who may not even be aware of these underlying mental and emotional problems. Chronic depression is a big contributor to pain, and can compound existing chronic pain issues, further complicating the diagnosis. Though a patient's pain may be very real despite not having a physical cause, these individuals need to understand that the best course of treatment may not be medication or procedures. A comprehensive pain management program including psychological pain management is the best course of action, and can help reduce both the physical pain and the mental and emotional distress these patients may find themselves in.

Another significant psychological issue many of our patients confront is the very act of dealing with chronic pain, whether from back pain, headaches, or degenerative diseases like fibromyalgia. People who experience chronic pain know that the persistence and endless nature of the diagnosis seem unrelenting. Depression, anxiety, anger, self-image issues, and general feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness are not uncommon in chronic pain patients, all of which make pain management and potential recovery significantly more difficult. It is important for these patients to know that they are not alone in this struggle, and that the resources exist at Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists to help with both their physical and psychological pain.

A dedicated pain management psychologist can be an incredibly helpful tool in dealing with the emotional and psychological components of chronic pain. These specialists in dealing with mental and psychological issues that may be contributing or even causing pain are able to work with patients to understand and work through these issues. In addition, reenforcing the need for healthy coping mechanisms, identifying the warning signs for addiction and addictive behavior, and helping to manage the associated depression and anger will help pain management patients progress through their recovery.

Dedicating yourself to  a comprehensive pain management program includes exploring possible psychological and behavioral health care options to help manage your pain. Our on staff pain management psychologist will work with you to resolve some of these underlying mental and emotional issues, easing the mental burden on yourself and helping you to complete the other components of your pain management program successfully. Today's medical evidence suggests that traditional pain management protocols, such as medication, injections, physical therapy and rehabilitation, are all made more effective when used in conjunction with a specialized pain management psychologist.

If you are experiencing pain as a result of a mental or emotional condition, or believe that psychological trauma could be related to your pain, please don't hesitate to contact the pain management experts at Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists. We have the personnel and resources on hand to help control your pain and improve your overall physical and mental condition. Don't continue to suffer your pain, depression and anxiety in silence.

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