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Pain management is much more than taking pills.
Although a well thought-out medication plan is helpful, there are many other valuable tools that can and should be used to help people get their pain under control and their life back on track.
We have found analgesic medication alone is not adequate to resolve chronic pain. These are the eight additional therapies we have found necessary for our patients.
At Fireweed Health Care, patients’ compliance with these eight therapies is monitored with the Stop Pain Scale. A perfect score is 16 and our most compliant patients generally score 10 or higher. Our experience shows that patients with scores of 10 and higher experience less pain and have a higher quality of life.
The following information is for patient information only and is not interactive. A score of 16 is meeting all objectives of the Stop Pain Scale and our most compliant patients generally score 10 or higher.
Stop Pain Scale
|Aerobic Exercise||150 min/week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise or 75 min/week of vigorous running/jogging||2 points for 75 - 150 minutes per week; 1 point for at least half the recommended time|
|Sleep Correction||Wakes feeling rested is not sleepy during the day||2 points for good sleep, 1 point for fair, 0 points for poor sleep|
|Tobacco Cessation||Abstinence from all sources of nicotine||2 points for yes , 0 points for no|
|Participation||Work/volunteer/raise children/active hobbies at least 20 hours per week||2 points for 20+ hours/week, 1 point for 5-19, 0 points for <5|
|Adjuvant Medications||Uses at least one adjuvant medicine, or documented failure of all relevant medicines||2 points for yes , 0 points for no|
|Natural Medicines||Using at least one natural substance known to be helpful in treating chronic pain such as D3||2 points for yes , 0 points for no|
|Topical Medicines||Using at least one, including a TENS unit or documented failure of all relevant topical medicines||2 points for yes , 0 points for no|
|Manual Therapy||Physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, manipulation||2 points if within the past 90 days, and 1 point if within the past 6 months|