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SCH winter 2014

Three Phases of Treatment

The program has three phases of treatment, designed to help you toward your return to normal life activities.

Phase 1 - Pre-Treatment Evaluation and Screening
Each program participant undergoes medical, physical, psychological, vocational, biofeedback, and social service evaluations before admission to the intensive treatment phase. The screening team will send evaluative reports to your doctor. The team that worked with you during evaluation and screening will continue to treat you during the program's second and third phases.

Phase 2 - Intensive Treatment
Patients participate together in an intensive, three-week program. Individual programs are designed with your unique needs in mind, and may include a range of physical and educational activities such as strength training, rehabilitation training for employment and everyday tasks, relaxation and biofeedback training, nutritional consultations and vocational counseling.

Participants typically are involved in physical activities, psychological counseling, and educational lectures for eight hours each day. Controlled medications are reduced or eliminated during the first two weeks of treatment, if that is a goal.

The pain management physician and staff members will send full reports to your doctor at the conclusion of this phase.

Phase 3 - Follow-up
After the intensive phase is completed, the pain management staff designs a program of follow-up visits and home exercises to meet your ongoing needs. The pain management physician will continue to monitor your medications during the eight-week follow-up period, and may fine-tune medication dosages with you. Participants usually see the program physician twice during this phase.

Typically, outpatient follow-up involves 2-3 times per week attendance, depending on the level of additional service you need. Your own doctor will receive an activity tolerance summary after you complete the eight-week follow-up treatment phase.