An estimated 100 million people in the United States are currently living with chronic pain, which is more than the combined number of Americans who are affected by diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Chronic pain, or any pain that lasts longer than three months, takes the form of persistent headaches, lower back pain, arthritis pain, or even nerve damage. Patients with chronic pain may experience:
A multidisciplinary pain management program operates from the philosophy that with the right skills, support, and direction, you can reduce your pain and enhance your quality of life. This holistic approach relies on the guidance and expertise of a team of health care professionals, including medical doctors, pain management specialists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists.
Multidisciplinary pain management never focuses solely on your physical pain. Instead, it takes into account your behavioral, mental, and emotional health, and helps you play an active role in shaping your treatment and ongoing care.
CARF stands for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Simply put, CARF is the “gold standard” in pain and injury rehabilitation. The Texas Division of Workers’ Comp and Texas Department of Insurance know the value of CARF. They require preauthorization for pain management for all medical clinics that are not CARF accredited. When you have CARF, it’s well understood that your physician is operating at a higher level than other doctors.
In order to achieve maximum CARF accreditation, physicians and office staff go through a rigorous inspection of their services, business operations, and patient outcomes. The team at WolMed literally passed hundreds of standards in order to achieve their last three maximum CARF accreditations.
CARF organizations are required to meet specific standards to maintain a CARF-accredited pain management program. In addition to maintaining the highest standards for safety, policies and procedures, billing practices, patient confidentiality, and patient outcomes and satisfaction, WolMed must also maintain the following:
The medical doctors at WolMed are Diplomats of the American Academy of Pain Management who are required to meet a certain number of continuing education hours each year.
WolMed is required to employ a variety of health care professionals. They have medical doctors, chiropractors, physicians assistants, licensed counselors and psychologists, physical therapists, and massage therapists on staff.
Each participant in a CARF Pain Management Program receives an individualized approach to recovery. WolMed uses physical therapy, relaxation, biofeedback, work-specific job simulation, group and individualized education, group and individualized counseling, medication management, occupational retraining, job skills training, and more based on individual needs.
WolMed removes all potential barriers to treatment. They provide lodging and transportation during pain management. They also help with childcare, provide lunches, and can help with virtually anything else a patient might need to take part in the program.
CARF Pain Management helps patients with severe work injuries and haven’t gotten better with other kinds of therapy, medications, surgeries, or injections. It uses many of the treatments found in the work hardening program and more.
If you answer YES to any of these questions, request an appointment today!
Next time you find yourself, a friend, or a family member in need of Rehabilitation for Chronic Pain Management, Back and Neck Pain, Workers Injury, and etc, always looks for the CARF Accreditation. When your doctor is striving to maintain high standards in their facility, you can be assured they are looking out for your best interest. CARF facilities are committed to quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services and enhancing and bettering each patient that enters their facility.