What is the Supportive Care Clinic?
At United Regional, the Supportive Care Clinic is made up of a multidisciplinary team consisting of advanced practice providers, licensed clinical social workers, nurses, and physicians.
The team offers a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to pain management, and works with your Primary Care Provider and other specialists to provide a comprehensive plan to manage your symptoms.
- Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of care.
- Connects you with additional community resources and services focused on support, resiliency and overall quality of life.
- Addresses the needs most important to you based on your specific situation.
How can Supportive Care benefit you?
Our team provides you and your family:
- Devoted time for extended appointments, and counseling support for you and your family.
- Discussion on how your pain and current pain management plan is impacting your life.
- Expert advice on managing complex physical and emotional symptoms, in coordination with the health care team.
- Education and support regarding care and disease progression.
Treatment plans are developed with input and collaboration from you and your health care providers, ensuring all aspects of your needs are considered and included. They take into consideration any chronic conditions and other relevant factors that may impact your needs and quality of life.
What is the difference between Acute and Chronic pain?
Acute pain is the pain you feel when you burn yourself or sprain your ankle. It alerts you so you can take care of the injury— cool the burn, elevate, and ice the ankle.
Chronic pain lasts longer than expected and is more complicated to treat because it has physical, psychological, and emotional components.
How can pain affect your daily life?
Pain, especially chronic pain, is very real and disruptive, it can:
- Limit the ability to maintain family roles such as financial provider, parent, or spouse.
- Increase dependence on others and feelings of being a burden.
- Cause conflict in relationships or make a person avoid spending time with family and friends, which can lead to feelings of loneliness or isolation.
- Create uncertainty about the future and financial stability.
- Severely limit a sense of purpose and enjoyment in work and recreational activities or hobbies.
When we think of pain as purely physical or biological, we run the risk of over-relying on medical treatments, like pain medications and surgeries. These treatments may not always be the solution for your specific condition.
What does a treatment plan involve?
Your treatment plan will be tailored to your situation and may change as your needs change, it may include:
- Teaching relaxation techniques
- Building new coping skills
- Changing old beliefs about pain
- Helping you make lifestyle changes that enhance healthy behaviors such as participating in hobbies and recreational activities, managing negative emotions, and improving sleep
- Medication adjustments
- Individual and/or group counseling
- Recommendation for physical therapy, massage therapy, or yoga
- Chronic pain support group
- Regular monitoring to evaluate your overall response to the treatment plan
The Supportive Care Clinic staff wants to help you manage pain. We will take the time to ask about your pain experience, where it comes from, how it affects your life personally and professionally, and what you think may help it be more manageable. Once we have an understanding about your pain and concerns, we will begin to develop a treatment plan with your help that is personalized to your needs.
To find more information about United Regional’s Supportive Care Program, or to make a referral, please call (940) 764-5732.