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Pain Evaluations

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Psychological pain evaluations are performed on chronic pain patients in order to determine whether the cause of their pain is physical, psychological, or both. Identifying the source of an individual’s pain can provide insight into better treatment options that can break the cycle of constant pain. Certain treatments such as spinal cord stimulation and morphine pumps also require a pain evaluation. 

Did You Know?

There is a close relationship between chronic pain and mental health issues. For example, about half of the 32 millions suffering from chronic pain also suffer from depression. Additionally, as many as 65% of those diagnosed with depression suffer from physical pain. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Am I a candidate for a psychological pain evaluation?

You may be a candidate for a psychological pain evaluation if you suffer from chronic pain and/or if you are preparing for spinal cord stimulation or the placement of a morphine pump. To determine if you can benefit from a psychological pain evaluation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michelle Rinella of CPST Texas today. 

What can I expect during a psychological pain evaluation?

During your psychological pain evaluation, you can first expect to discuss your medical history, as well as your family’s medical and mental health history. Dr. Rinella will then screen for a variety of mental health conditions that could be contributing to your chronic pain and/or that could affect your treatment results. These conditions include: anxiety, depression, negative behaviors, suicidal ideation, addiction potential, high stress, or cognitive dysfunction. 

What happens after my psychological pain evaluation?

After your psychological pain evaluation, Dr. Rinella will discuss her findings with you. She may also write a report to give to your doctor if you are undergoing spinal cord stimulation or the placement of a morphine pump. She may also provide you with advice or recommendations about ways to manage your symptoms, and may recommend psychological treatment.