Functional Restoration for Chronic Pain

Why Functional Restoration for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain really impacts on a person’s life. Most, often all, areas of a person’s life is negatively affected. The unrelenting experience of physical, ongoing pain in the body, alongside dashed treatment hopes, understandably can create feelings of helplessness and confusion. Persons with chronic pain may experience severe depression and anxiety about their pain and feel that their life is trapped. Add opioid dependence, or even opioid addiction, to these problems, and we have an overwhelming problem.

Functional restoration’s focus is on the patient learning how to return to health, rather than a provider fixing them. Many patients find this focus to be empowering; a marked change from the helpless position in which many chronic pain patients have been.

Functional restoration provides rehabilitation of physical and emotional pain, as well as opioid dependency and addiction through a radically different approach than the treatments most chronic pain persons have utilized and is a proven solution to chronic pain. In Function Restoration, function is the primary goal; meaning:

  • Restoring the body by teaching patients concepts and tools on how to improve their pain, sometimes to its complete resolution.
  • Increasing activity level, which includes daily life activities and exercise, both of which chronic pain patients often find very difficult.
  • Focusing on quality of life so patients can return to living a healthy and productive lifestyle, which may include returning to work or reengaging in social activities.
  • Treating emotional pain and learning how to manage stress, both key variables in the maintenance and level of pain experienced.
  • Targeting opioid dependency, and addiction, through cutting-edge forms of medication-assisted treatment, including cannabinoid therapies

Functional restoration’s focus is on the patient learning how to return to health, rather than a provider fixing them. Many patients find this focus to be empowering; a marked change from the helpless position in which many chronic pain patients have been.