Biopsychosocial Pain Management


Biopsychosocial Pain Management looks at all the factors that connect and contribute to chronic pain. Chronic pain lessens your ability to handle stress and weakens your immune system, often leading to depression, anxiety, and anger.

The biopsychosocial model grew from the field of behavioral medicine and health psychology, focusing on disease and illness; with illness being understood as a complex blend of biological, psychological and social factors.

Today the Biopsychosocial model is comprised of interdisciplinary pain management programs with the goal to assist the chronic pain patient to regain function and improve quality of life.

Chronic pain is viewed as a subjective experience and treatment focuses on management, rather than cure. Self-management, cognitive and behavioral change are stressed, rather than directly eliminating the pain. Psychological treatments in the multidisciplinary approach offer increased self-management of pain, improved coping resources, reduced emotional distress and reduced pain-related disability. As these changes are implemented, psychologists can help patients feel more in command of their pain management and return to a more normal life.

For more information on Biopsychosocial Pain Management, contact a practitioner in your area.





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