Saint Alphonsus Health System

Pain Management

It is our goal to provide you with information about pain relief and to include you in decisions about the care of your pain. Your reports of pain will be believed and acted upon in a timely manner, and you will be included in discussions about different ways to control your pain. It is important that you help us by informing a healthcare professional about any new pain or pain that does not go away, as well as reporting any concerns or worries about taking pain medicine.

Below is a standard pain assessment tool called the pain ruler. You will be asked, "On a scale from 0-10, 10 being the worst pain imaginable, 5 is moderately severe and 0 is no pain, what would you rate your pain?"

As an alternative to the 0-10 pain scale, the face scale can be used. You would be asked to point to the face that best describes your pain.

Pain management at Saint Alphonsus has been divided into inpatient and outpatient services. In the pain service, we treat the whole person and not just their pain. Our unique brand of pain management includes a combination of physical therapy, injections, nutrition, and exercise, as well as relaxation, stress management and biofeedback techniques. We help patients take an active role in controlling their own pain, beyond the effects of the drugs. We always focus on facilitating the achievement of the best possible patient outcomes: maximal reduction of pain, smallest effective dose of pain medications, maximal levels of activity and maximal resolution of pain-related psychosocial issues.

In order to make your treatment most effective, we request that you ask questions when you are confused or do not agree with parts of your treatment. More importantly, we ask that you take the responsibility to become an active participant in your treatment.