Chronic pain management: What CHWs can do to help

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is pain that lasts for longer than 12 weeks. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, disease, and inflammation. Chronic pain can be debilitating, and it can make it difficult to perform everyday activities, work, and enjoy life.

How can CHWs help with chronic pain management?

CHWs can play an important role in helping people with chronic pain manage their condition and live full and active lives. Here are some specific ways that CHWs can help:

  • Educate patients about chronic pain and its management. This includes teaching patients about the different types of chronic pain, the causes of chronic pain, and the different treatment options available. CHWs can also teach patients about self-management strategies, such as pain medication management, relaxation techniques, and exercise.
  • Help patients develop a personalized pain management plan. This plan should be tailored to the individual patient’s needs and goals. CHWs can help patients to set goals for pain management, identify and address triggers, and develop a plan for managing pain flares.
    Provide support and encouragement. Chronic pain can be isolating and frustrating. CHWs can provide emotional support and encouragement to help patients stay motivated and positive.
  • Connect patients with resources and services. CHWs can connect patients with primary care providers, pain specialists, and support groups. CHWs can also help patients to access financial assistance programs and other resources that can help them cope with the financial burden of chronic pain.

CHWs play a vital role in helping people with chronic pain manage their condition and live full and active lives. By providing education, support, and resources, CHWs can help patients to develop and implement effective pain management plans. CHWs can also advocate for policies that support people with chronic pain and their families.


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