Pain Management at St. John’s

Jackson Hole Pain Management Services

When suffering from pain it’s difficult to think of anything other than the pain itself. Chronic pains make it very difficult to live day-to-day, and far too many people try to push through the pain without realizing there are things you can do to treat it.

Pain Management at St. John’s is located at St. John’s Medical Center and provides consultation, pain education and state-of-the-art interventional procedures to individuals experiencing a wide range of pain-related conditions. Pain management specialists on staff include fellowship trained and board certified anesthesiologists and an orthopedic specialist who has expertise in nonsurgical treatment of skeletal problems.

  • Pain Management at St. John’s​ treats:
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Back and neck pain
  • Pain experienced before, during, and after surgery
  • Pain resulting from cancers or chronic illnesses
  • Complex regional pain syndrome.

We focus our efforts on treating the pain and the patient through various methods, including complementary and interventional techniques.

Will Pain Go Away on Its Own?

For small issues, pain will often go away on its own after a brief period, but there are some conditions where pain can last for weeks, months, or even a lifetime. Although it may start as a minor annoyance, eventually pain can grow to unbearable proportions. If your pain has lasted more than a week without relief, we encourage you to seek out the pain management services at St. John’s Medical Center.

  • Pain management treatment may include:
  • Physical therapyUnder the supervision of a medical professional, participants learn exercises and stretches designed to facilitate a faster recovery from injury or surgery.
  • Medication – Pain medication is very carefully prescribed by a pain management specialist so that patients can find relief without becoming addicted to painkillers. Medication rarely acts as a permanent solution, so it is important to keep up your other treatments while taking the drug.
  • Counseling – Research has shown that a positive attitude can help you heal. Stress puts a lot of pressure on your body and makes it more difficult to relax. Pain management counseling aims to help participants manage stress and reduce anxiety.

Pain Management Classes

Research shows that changing how we think about pain can help reduce pain and even change brain structures. We offer a free class for anyone with chronic pain who wants to learn new skills to improve their quality of life.

  • Topics include:
  • Understanding different models and theories of pain
  • Managing the effects of stress on pain
  • Incorporating techniques like deep breathing, progressive relaxation, and distraction
  • Communicating with family, friends, and professionals
  • Using sleep, nutrition, and medications
  • Pacing, scheduling, and knowing your values
  • Increasing activity levels

For more information, including the dates of the next class, call 307-739-7589.

We take a holistic approach to healing at St. John's. This is especially important in pain management where the patient’s mental condition can play a significant role in their recovery. To learn more call 307.739.7218.