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:
- 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 therapy – Under 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
- 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.