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Cincinnati VA Medical Center

 

Pain Management

Reclaiming Your Life From Pain

Living with chronic pain is challenging. It often feels like you just need the right medication or treatment to take the pain away. But often that’s not enough, especially with chronic pain. In fact, the best any medication or medical procedure has given you, or ever could give you, is 25 or 30 percent relief.

There are many other approaches to managing chronic pain, and better relief is often found when medications and invasive interventions are combined with or even replaced by active rehabilitation and education approaches, and behavioral-psychological treatments. This supports and strengthens the capacity of the person living with chronic pain to manage his/her symptoms in a way that fosters a more satisfying and vital life.

Living Better with Chronic Pain – A Resource for Veterans:

  • When you have pain, you naturally protect your body, by restricting activity and seeking medical help. But over time, if the pain lasts, you may become trapped in a vicious cycle of muscle loss, avoidance, loss of normal function and negative feelings.
  • Additional costs may include strained relationships, job loss, problems with depression and low sel-esteem, less time with family, fewer valued activities, lower quality of life and over time, more pain.
  • Pain is biopsychosocial from the beginning so changed from 'it starts as physical' since it is impacted by various factors the entire way, even when acute.
  • No one approach is enough to help with pain by itself.

Chronic pain must be addressed from many directions. Services include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Comprehensive pain assessment rehabilitation
  • Medication management
  • Mental health
  • Psychoeducation and biofeedback
  • Yoga

Opioid and Pain Care Plans

Opioids alone are not enought to treat your pain. Opioids are part of a pain care plan that uses other things to manage pain, such as:

  • Heat and cold therapy (heating pads, ice packs)
  • Self-care techniques
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Relaxation or stress reducing training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health treatment     
  • Stretching
  • Counseling and coaching
  • Meditation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Non-opioid pain medicines (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, anticonvulsants)
  • Injections
  • Specialist 
  • Surgery     
  • Pain classes
  • Support groups
  • Attention to proper sleep

Anyone of these can help reduce pain, but they work best together.

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Contact Info

Location

  • Cincinnati VAMC
    5th Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 513-861-3100 Ext. 6081
  • 513-861-3100 Ext. 4597

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday
    8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.