Your treatment plan at UNM Pain Consultation and Treatment Center likely will include noninvasive therapies that help you start feeling like yourself again in body and mind.
Feel better and move more easily when you regularly practice exercises that you learn during either one-on-one or group physical therapy sessions. You also may benefit from gentle, hands-on manipulation or massage that can ease stiffness and weakness that contributes to pain.
You might be able to better complete exercises and stretches after getting pain-relieving injections or other treatments. So your physical therapist works closely with other pain management specialists to coordinate the best timing for therapy sessions.
Biofeedback can help you learn how to relax specific muscles to reduce pain. A therapist places small sensors on your skin to show muscle movement, brain waves, heart rate, sweat gland activity or body temperature. As you work to control your body’s activity, you’ll watch the results in real time until you find the most effective approach.
In dry needling a specially trained physical therapist places a tiny, thin needle into a trigger point – a sore, tight muscle area. This technique leads to a brief spasm that can ultimately relax the muscle and relieve discomfort.
A chiropractor uses hands-on techniques or special tools to realign joints or vertebrae that slip out of place and cause pain. Because nerves to your muscles and organs run through the spine, treating misalignment in your back can relieve discomfort elsewhere in your body.
Mental & Behavioral Health Care
Physical and psychological pain often occur together. If you experience behavioral health concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship challenges or substance abuse, turn to our caring counselors and psychiatrists for guidance. During confidential, one-on-one therapy sessions, you’ll develop tools and strategies to:
- Improve your mood.
- Cope with pain in healthy ways.
- Communicate with friends and family about your condition.
- Manage stress.
You’ll also want to consider group therapy that provides peer support and opportunities to build friendships.
Find encouragement, empathy and advice in support groups that focus on fibromyalgia, mindfulness or art therapy.
Medications can make you temporarily feel less pain. To help you get the most benefit from medications, our pharmacist may:
- Thoroughly review your current prescriptions.
- Check for medication allergies.
- Discuss side effects.
- Adjust doses or prescriptions, if necessary.
- Order lab tests, when appropriate.
Your doctor may prescribe pain-reliving opioid medications if other therapies haven’t helped. While these medications are considered safe when used as directed, we’ll provide naloxone with your prescription to treat a possible overdose. UNM Pain Center is one of the only facilities in the country to help ensure your safety by taking this precaution.