Psychological Pain Assessment

Physician speaking with patient.

Take back your life from chronic pain

Chronic pain has the potential to result in significant disability and decrease overall quality of life. While it may not be easy to take back your life from pain, there is hope. Excellent pain care includes addressing all aspects of pain management. One of these areas that unfortunately can often go under addressed is the psychological component to pain. With chronic pain, the emotional and cognitive pathways in the brain play a large role in pain experience. To help break the cycle of chronic pain and bring long-term functional improvement psychological pain assessment is an important tool.

One important fact about chronic pain is that it usually involves physical and psychological sources. By addressing both factors, we will get you the best long-term outcome and improvement in quality of life. To help determine the degree to which underlying depression, anxiety, and other important mental health factors play into your pain, our office offers psychological pain assessments.

The process of getting a psychological pain assessment

When you get an assessment in our office, we will sit down with you and discuss your medical history, your family’s medical history, your medications, your surgery history, and your mental health history. The psychological assessment will test for important pain influencing factors such as anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, negative behaviors, cognitive dysfunction, or high stress. If any of these factors are uncovered, we will then work with you to develop a custom treatment plan to address them. If significant, we may also refer to a certified pain psychologist. By taking a holistic approach to pain management, Cahaba Pain will help you take your life back from pain.

If you would like to be given a psychological pain assessment, please contact our office for a new patient appointment today.