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How do Psychologists Help in Comprehensive Pain Management?

Once upon a time, the pain was associated solely with the biomedical model. The realm of the 'mind' was not taken into consideration. Even today, individuals with pain seldom seek assistance from psychologists on their own. The new biopsychosocial model of pain management recognizes that psychogenic pain is quite common. One can experience headaches, back pain, stomach pain and more due to: mental, emotional, or behavioural factors.

Social rejection, broken heart, and grief are just some of the mental health problems that may produce 'real' pain not related to the underlying physical causes. If left unresolved, this pain can take the form of chronic pain or persistent somatoform pain disorder.

Chronic pains, such as fibromyalgia, respond very well to psychotherapy. The psychologist can do a full assessment of the reasons behind your pain and find out factors that can exacerbate or mitigate your pain. Hence, we can say that the role of the psychologist in comprehensive pain management involves working with the clinicians to evaluate, identify, monitor, and treat non-physiological factors of pain in a patient's body.

Have you ever suffered from pain with no known underlying causes? Then, you may have experienced psychogenic pain that may have its roots in emotional problems or mental illnesses. Few people know and believe that psychosocial causes can cause, increase or prolong pain. Emotional problems may express in the form of somatic pain disorders and warp your perception of pain.

The truth is that many people experience headaches, back pain, stomach pain, or muscle pains that are psychogenic in nature. If left undetected and untreated, psychological issues can mar one’s progress in pain treatment and may become the reason of chronic pain symptomatology. Hypochondria, complex regional pain disorder, and fibromyalgia are some of the common pain disorders where psychologists can offer you great help.

Psychogenic pain is often diagnosed when all other causes of pain are ruled out. In cases where patients experience pain that do not match his or her symptoms, mental health specialists are found to be very helpful.

The team of pain specialists at Pegasus offers you a multidisciplinary approach to pain treatment which includes: · psychotherapy, and · Relaxation

The best part of taking services of a psychologist in pain management is that psychotherapy, unlike other pain medicines, does not have any side effects. You do not need to worry about further complications by using them on a prolonged basis.