Last month, Pain Consultants of East Tennessee occupational therapy (OT) professionals taught other healthcare professionals how OT can help to manage chronic pain for patients in different healthcare settings.
Kim Breeden, MS, OTR/L and Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L presented at the Tennessee Health Care Association Conference in Nashville. Advocating for patients who have chronic pain, Breeden and Rowe educated administrators of long-term care and assisted living facilities regarding evidence-based treatments and the biopsychosocial approach which recommends self-management of pain. An emphasis was also placed on how occupational therapy can play a key role in those treatments.
“It was an honor to be given the opportunity to talk about the complexity of chronic pain to long term care providers,” Breeden said.
During the presentation, the audience had specific questions regarding how the techniques could be applied to the long-term care setting with Breeden providing specific examples during her answers.
“This audience brought questions and a new perspective to chronic pain because of what they are seeing in their facilities,” Rowe said. “We had several audience members say they had learned something they did not know about chronic pain during the presentation.”