Our Programs and Services
Our multidisciplinary team provides
integrated care targeted toward specific
functional and psychosocial goals for each
patient. Weekly formal team meetings and
daily informal team physician-patient
interactions help maintain a thoughtful
structure to the program and allow
flexibility for the individual learning
process. We accept only those patients who
appear motivated and who we believe will be
successful. In the event that full
participation is not being realized, we
identify perceived barriers to full
participation and provide the patient with
assistance needed to overcome these
barriers. In the event that this is not
achieved, we proceed to early discharge in a
non-judgmental manner with recommendations
for continued medical care.
Research consistently indicates that a multidisciplinary treatment approach is the most effective way to address the complex problem of chronic pain. At Orange County Pain and Wellness we use Multidisciplinary treatment teams to assess and treat chronic pain. Working closely with your pain management physician members of your team work together in a coordinated manner to provide explore all treatment options that may be right for you.
Our goal is to treat the whole person, recognizing that pain and disability affect all aspects of a person's life. Each patient enrolled in the program participates in structured daily activities and receives individual case management, including the following features and services as needed.
Functional restoration is an interdisciplinary group process of education, psychotherapy, and physical reconditioning through exercise and functional activities.
The process results in reformation of
neuromuscular, sensory and cognitive
patterns that influence the individual
patient's thinking, perception and physical
response to pain.
An individualized care plan provides each patient with a "tool kit" of methods to manage chronic pain and return to a productive lifestyle. An integrated interdisciplinary treatment model has been shown to be superior to physical therapy and psychotherapy provided separately in terms of functional and emotional gains.
The functional restoration program meets five days a week for group-oriented education and individualized exercise. A typical day involves participation in six activities including physical conditioning which consists of strength/endurance training in the morning and working on improving the patient's ability to perform ADL's in the afternoon.
Patient's also attend group education and counseling with our psychologist, vocational counseling, medical follow up and education in general health, nutrition and holistic healing methods. There is a lunch break as well as two short breaks throughout the day.
Patient functional progress and program participation is reevaluated weekly at our interdisciplinary team conferences. Case managers and claims adjusters are welcome to attend in person or by teleconference.
Our program is designed for people living with chronic pain who have received treatment that has included the use of addictive pain medications. The purpose of the program is to find a better way to manage pain and avoid potential problems such as relapse or increased use of pain medication.
While total abstinence from additive pain medication (including alcohol) is the ultimate goal, the program recognizes that a percentage of cases continue to need medications to alleviate pain, but at significantly lower levels.
Based on a comprehensive physical
assessment performed at intake and updated
ongoing, patients are provided with
individualized physical therapy retraining
leading them in strength and endurance
training, muscle toning, core stabilization,
and cardiovascular exercises such as
treadmill and bike.
In addition, through user-friendly interactive lessons on anatomy, physiology and body mechanics physical therapists guide patients in increasing their body awareness and proprioceptive intelligence thereby educating the differentiation of pain from injury, reducing pain behaviors and associated fear of re-injury.
Therapy addresses physical impairments
such as weakness, limited range of
motion, poor endurance, and poor
balance. Strengthening, stretching, mild
cardiovascular work, patient education,
and other active exercises are
incorporated to train patients with an
increased independence with Activities
of daily living.
The end result is increased function with everyday activities so that it is easier for patients to walk further, stand and sit in good posture, lift and carry with good body mechanics, and perform household duties with less pain and a greater independence.
At Orange County Pain and Wellness you
will receive a comprehensive psychological
evaluation, a clear holistic psychological
treatment plan tailored to your specific
needs, and strategic sessions or lectures
utilizing the most up-to-date evidence-based
approaches to turn your life around in order
- Regain control over your day to day to life,
- Learn non-pharmacological techniques to control and reduce your pain,
- Clarify and implement short and long term goals for yourself and your family,
- Enjoy more fulfilling and loving connections,
- Reign in on feelings of anger, frustration, sadness, rage, and hopelessness,
- Make peace with the often irreversible changes and limitations on your life, and
- Guide you in recovering your central role within your family.
The arts open us to our innate creativity, a higher consciousness and a stronger connection with community. When people living with chronic pain can access these “languages of the soul” in a supportive group environment, they begin to move away from feelings of isolation, hopelessness, fear, sadness and anger, and open up to self-acceptance, understanding, gratitude and a deep sense of well-being.
Their chronic pain moves into the background
and their imagination stretches them into
new possibilities and new directions.
Patients learn to trust themselves in the process of creating: with its insistence on letting go of control and surrendering to the wonderful state of flow that brings centering, joy, self-confidence and peace.
Yoga is a universal, non-religious
practice used to experience peace and
harmony and is a vital compliment to your
primary treatment plan. In Yoga Therapy you
will learn personalized yoga techniques,
breathing exercises, visualization, and
meditation to empower yourself towards
Yoga Therapy is a healthy path and complementary to your primary treatment program, that will cultivate wellness from pain and restrictions due to injury, illness or neglect. Yoga Therapy begins with breathing and relaxation techniques. Then we identify imbalances and build physical strength so that you can return to balance with optimum health and harmony.
techniques and practices help focus your
minds attention on your breath
cultivating loving kindness and
compassion, even during a pain flare up.
Recognizing that the mind and body are
integrated and that one cannot separate
one from the other, yoga and meditation
are techniques that has been used
throughout history to calm the mind as
well as being able to decrease blood
pressure and relax muscles.
Severe pain leaves you with fear of re-injury. The goal of Yoga Therapy is to gradually rebuild your confidence from a physical, emotional and intellectual foundation. The results often include improved posture, more realistic self-care goals, use of non-drug techniques to manage pain during a flare up, and even a new sleep routine.
The Transitional Step-Down program is an
interdisciplinary goal oriented program
designed specifically for FRP graduates that
reinforces and strengthens the coping skills
that they attained in the Functional
Restoration Program. The TSD is geared to
maximize functional independence and self
management of long term goals. The patients
are supported as they face specific
challenges during the transition from the
full time FRP to managing their pain
independently in their day to day lives. The
TSD consists of individualized sessions in
which patients participate in psychotherapy,
functional building sessions, and meet with
a Pain Management specialist to ensure
appropriate medication compliance as
outlined in the discharge summary.
The TSD program
is an opportunity to address specific
challenges that the graduates face while
attempting to maintain the gains that
they made during the FRP and it is an
opportunity to bridge the gap of
communication between Orange County Pain
and Wellness, the primary treating
physician and the insurance carrier to
ensure sustainable long term positive
Additional services upon need:
- Nutritional counseling
- Vocational counseling
- Guest lectures
- After Care
Orange County Pain and Wellness is affilated with the Newport Beach Headache and Pain Center- offering a full spectrum of care specializing in the treatment of:
- Back pain and neck pain
- Trigeminal nerve pain
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Headaches and migranes