Pain Management at the IHTC
Pain management is an important part of care for patients with bleeding and thrombotic disorders and sickle cell disease. The IHTC is equipped to teach patients how to manage both chronic and acute pain so that they can live a fulfilling life. Each individual has unique needs and concerns related to pain management and therefore, the IHTC creates individualized care plans for every patient. Our team of doctors, physical therapists, physician assistants, and nurses communicate regularly to ensure continuity of care in effective pain management. If additional assistance is needed to adequately or safely manage a patient’s pain, a referral to a pain management specialist can be arranged.
It is important to understand that prescription pain medication is not always the first option. R.I.C.E. is a therapy widely used in the treatment of hemophilia patients. R.I.C.E therapy includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Sometimes R.I.C.E requires modification for a specific patient. For example, ice is recommended for hemophilia patients, but it is not recommended for those with sickle cell disease. Rather, heat is a key in pain management for those with sickle cell disease. This example illustrates how IHTC physician’s expert knowledge disease processes is beneficial in the treatment of an individual’s unique pain management needs.
Some other non-pharmacological recommendations may include, but are not limited to: distraction, deep breathing, regular exercise, balanced nutrition, stress reduction, and adequate sleep. Our staff understands that acute and chronic pain takes a significant toll on an individual’s overall health. The IHTC works as a team to reduce that toll and improve or maintain a person’s quality of life.
If you have questions about pain management, contact the IHTC at 877-256-8837.