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Here at Texas Health & Counseling Group we recognize that mental health influences how we experience pain. Our goal is to help patients better understand the ways their mind can increase or decrease the pain they feel. To do so, we help patients wanting to regain control with therapeutic treatments to address sources of stress and anxiety that may be worsening their pain.
Texas Health and Counseling Group is an affiliate of Physician Partners of America and works closely with the Texas Pain Relief Group. While we specialize in treating patients living with pain, we also help patients with a variety of needs, ranging from phobias to marital counseling.
Our relationship with Texas Pain Relief Group stems from the shared desire to offer patients the best healthcare and provide a superior patient experience. We have a company motto that says “We don’t just treat the pain. We treat the person.” Mental health is a critically important part of pain management and is vital for chronic pain patients that seek long-term relief. We are proud to be one of the services that Texas Pain Relief Group is able to offer to patients seeking pain relief.
How can mental health treatments help my pain?
What part of your body would you say is responsible for your pain? Did the part of your body that hurts the most jump to mind? Your back, hip, knee, head (or all of the above)? While that may be the source of your pain, the part of you that actually is responsible for producing those awful sensations is your brain. And depending on an individual’s psychological state, the brain can produce different types of pain signals in response to the same injury.
In other words, how you are feeling mentally influences how you are feeling physically. For example, chronic-stress and anxiety have been tied to increased pain processing in the brain, resulting in the brain’s production of even more pain signals. For the most effective treatments for chronic pain, counseling has been increasingly recognized as an important factor to successful long-term outcomes as research has shed more light on the role of the brain.
The Center for Disease Control’s most recent report on Guidelines for Prescribing Opiods for Chronic Pain says “Multimodal and multidisciplinary therapies (e.g., therapies that combine exercise and related therapies with psychologically based approaches) can help reduce pain and improve function more effectively than single modalities.” Put more simply, a treatment plan that incorporates exercise and psychological services has been shown to be more effective than plans that rely on medications alone. Your pain physician may wisely recommend counseling in combination with other techniques as part of your treatment plan.
The CDC also highlights the biopsychosocial model as a useful way to understand and treat pain. Basically, pain can negatively impact activities, work, and relationships, really any aspect of your life. It goes way beyond just affecting your body. Unfortunately, that increased stress may also increase your pain over time. It is a vicious cycle, but one that our pain psychologist can help you with. The silver lining is that because so many aspects of your life connect to your well-being, there are many areas of your life that we can help you focus on to reduce your overall stress levels. Since pain impacts your life in a variety of ways, it just makes sense that you need a treatment plan to address the variety of your needs. Our licensed professionals can help restore balance to your life through using the biopsychosocial approach to treat your pain holistically.
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We believe in empowering patients to take back their lives.
Pain changes the day-to-day routine for many people, often in negative ways. In individual counseling and preoperative evaluations, you and your therapist can discuss goals and create a plan for how to get you to where you want to be. Since pain can often prevent patients from doing activities they used to enjoy, the expert guidance of a pain psychologist can help patients think differently and more constructively about their lives; We use what you can do to get you moving towards what you want to do. Our therapists will help you realize the many ways in which you have the power to make meaningful changes in your health and take control of your life.
Having a back infusion, and multiple Rhizotomies my mind couldn’t help but focus on the pain. It didn’t help that I would get everyday questions asking about my levels of pain everyday either. Feeling like a life long patient and not a person, I quickly became depressed. Not having any idea of what was going on with me; Dr. Caruso was able to read me like a book. He talked to me like a normal person, and we had more meaningful conversations than I’ve had with family members in months. During our sessions, I noticed that I was focused on the positive things about life, and the pain would dissipate for the time being. Dr. Caruso showed me how to use these conversational techniques to keep conversations on a more positive note, which greatly reduced my pain.
After having multiple operations, and being on several pain medications, I started to think there would never be a solution to my pain. When I visited Dr. Caruso, he noted my depression, and was concerned about my lack of ambition to live. He started to ask me about what excited me in life, which I had trouble answering at first. After a couple of sessions I could answer that question, and I re-gained my motivation to run my business. I was able to keep my mind off the pain by keeping it busy with running my business.
After suffering an injury on the job, I started to experience everyday pain in my leg. I was confined to a wheelchair during my recovery, and I was convinced I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. When I started physical therapy, I experienced excruciating pain and stopped going. While living with the pain, I visited Dr. Caruso where he understood what I was going through. He explained that physical therapy had a traumatic effect on me, and now I feared movement of my injured area because I didn’t want to intensify the pain. Using a tactic to reward me every time I moved, I slowly started to strengthen my legs. Though they were only baby steps, I’ve been able to take my first steps without any assistance for the first time in months.