Center for Pain Management - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Center for Pain Management

Supportive, Challenging, Active Care for Chronic Pain

The mission of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Pain Management is to provide a supportive, challenging, active care environment for patients experiencing chronic pain. Our program promotes an increase in the level of daily functioning and facilitates a decrease in pain and suffering. We teach life-long pain-management skills through interdisciplinary treatment and encourage patients to better manage their own pain and improve their quality of life.

RIC an American Pain Society Center of ExcellenceIn 2009, RIC’s Center for Pain Management was named a “Center of Excellence” by the American Pain Society (APS). This award honors pain-care teams that overcome difficult challenges to provide outstanding, exemplary care for those with chronic pain disorders, acute pain after surgery or trauma, and in palliative care settings for pain from cancer and other terminal conditions. It is the only APS-awarded center in the Chicago area.

Our interdisciplinary approach, housed in a single location, includes traditional therapies as well as interventions that will help to improve not only the patient’s physical but also emotional well-being.  These strategies include sleep modification, pacing strategies, proper use of body mechanics, posture, and relaxation techniques—all designed to enhance the patient’s function while minimizing the use of medications and invasive procedures.

Program Goals

Patients benefit from an interdisciplinary treatment program designed to:

  • Develop long-term strategies for pain management, health maintenance and a balanced lifestyle
  • Recover the abilities to perform activities of daily living, occupational tasks and leisure pursuits
  • Resolve the emotional and psychological consequences of coping with chronic pain
  • Facilitate support from family to promote the patient’s continued participation in learned pain management strategies.
  • Maximize individual-based pharmacotherapy for pain management

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes (MPS)
  • Headache/Migraine (HA)
  • Fibromyalgia (FM)
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TM)
  • Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP)
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Neurological Syndromes
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Cancer Pain
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Post-Amputation Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Post-Surgical
  • Post-Radiation Therapy

Scope of Services

Physician

  • Medication Management
  • Family/Patient Education

Psychology

  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Coping Skills
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Stress Management
  • Family Education

Physical Therapy

  • Aerobic/Cardiovascular Training
  • Range of Motion Exercises
  • Strength/Endurance Training
  • Balance/Coordination
  • Postural Education and Training
  • Transfer Training
  • Gait Training
  • Manual Therapy
  • Feldenkrais Technique
  • Aquatic Therapy

Occupational Therapy

  • Postural Education and Training
  • Body Mechanics Training
  • Ergonomic Education and Training
  • Work Simplification/Modification
  • Work Simulation
  • Leisure Time Use
  • Adaptation/Modification of Leisure Activities
  • Community Reintegration
  • Graded Motor Imagery (including mirror therapy)
  • Craniosacral Therapy

Occupational Therapy cont'd

  • Positioning
  • Pacing Techniques/Implementation
  • Stress Loading Techniques
  • Strength/Endurance Training
  • Activity Tolerance

Relaxation Training with Physiologic Monitoring

  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Imagery
  • Autogenic Techniques
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Thermal, Respiratory and Skin Conduction EMG

Nursing Education

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Sexuality
  • Medication Use
  • Pain Mechanisms

Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Vocational Assessment/Consultation
  • Return to Work Counseling
  • Work Site Evaluation
  • Liaison with Employer