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Intermediate Pain Program

The Intermediate Pain Program (IPP) is designed for individuals who are not candidates for our Full Pain Program (FPP), but are suffering from chronic pain. These patients are selected after a thorough pain evaluation. The program consists of five group sessions, once a week for five weeks. Individual sessions of physical therapy, occupational therapy or psychology are scheduled as needed. Treatment plans are tailored to the unique needs of the individual.

Our treatment team consists of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists, all of whom are specifically trained in chronic pain management. Their collaborative, patient-centered approach combines:

  • Behavioral management
  • Physical reconditioning
  • Medical interventions

Program Goals

An important focus of treatment is to return each patient to a normal, productive lifestyle.  To this end, all members of the treatment team work to ensure that each patient:

  • Develops multidisciplinary pain management strategies
  • Understands the safe and appropriate use of pain medications
  • Achieves the highest level of independence in managing their pain problem
  • Learns strategies to increase their physical activity without fear of reinjury
  • Acquires skills to maintain improvements in functioning and pain coping skills

Group Schedule and Topics

Meets Thursday afternoons, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Psychology group therapy: One hour of education on behavioral management strategies and pain coping skills.
  • Physical/occupational therapy classes: One hour of education on anatomy, body mechanics, pacing, sleep, appropriate posture, and injury prevention.
  • Individual treatment: If individual sessions are needed with PT, OT, or a psychologist, these will be scheduled with the therapist at a mutually convenient time..