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Harnessing The Mind-Body Connection to Control Chronic Pain

EmergeOrtho’s clinical psychology department addresses both the psychological (mind) and physiological (body) components of a condition, as well as the interaction between the mind and the body.

Using a cognitive-behavioral approach, behavior medicine specialists can help patients better understand the interaction of their thinking, feelings, and behavior. We work with our patients on developing the necessary skills to recognize and change automatic thoughts and non-helpful core assumptions. Patients are then assisted in making the necessary changes in thinking and behavior to better manage negative feelings.

How can psychology change a physical problem?

The physiological component involves not only helping patients understand the way their mind influences their body, but also developing techniques that assist them in altering their body’s reaction. This can include relaxation skills such as relaxed breathing, as well as behavioral changes such as pacing activity or building in pleasure and playfulness.

This treatment philosophy is designed to help patients develop greater control over their thoughts and behaviors so they are better able to live a more enjoyable and rewarding life.

Is a clinical psychologist part of my overall healthcare team?

Our behavioral medicine specialist works with you, any family members who need to be part of your treatment plan, and your other healthcare providers to individualize your care and maximize the benefits of all your treatment.

How long do I need to be seen?

We set specific goals that can usually be accomplished in four to eight sessions. You can also have a one-time consultation for suggestions to help you cope with pain and maximize your rehabilitation success.

Which pain and health conditions can be treated with behavior medicine?

  • Back pain
  • Neuropathies
  • Neck pain
  • IBS
  • Cancer pain
  • Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain
  • Migraine/tension headache
  • Sleep problems
  • TMJ/oro-facial pain
  • Stress-related illnesses
  • Chest pain

What methods and techniques are utilized?

  • Motivational/rehabilitation counseling
  • Hypnosis/guided imagery/relaxation
  • Mindfulness meditation/breathing techniques
  • Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (select locations)
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (effective thinking)
  • Self-monitoring and behavioral desensitization

What other services are provided by EmergeOrtho’s clinical psychology department?

  • Behavioral health assessment/psychological testing for spinal cord stimulators
  • Pre-surgical behavioral health assessment for surgical outcomes risks
  • Limited course of treatment
  • Pre-surgical treatment for fear of surgery/pain procedures or to improve surgical/rehabilitation outcomes
  • Help getting unstuck when progress in physical/hand therapy is being limited by the fear of pain or other psychological barriers
  • Evaluations for opioid maintenance treatment

Is clinical psychology covered by insurance?

These services are billed under your medical diagnosis and covered by most insurances (except Medicaid).

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They treat you with respect take the time to understand what your needs are and work toward that gold of fixing the problem. Very professional in everything they do I love going there for treatment can't say that about many healthcare systems. I recommend EmergeOrtho to everyone I see.

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EmergeOrtho is full of wonderful doctors! They make sure they go over every little thing and explain stuff so that you understand. I have 4 different doctors here and have been pleased with them all.

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