Pain Management | Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital

Pain Management | Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital


Hi, my name’s Jim. I’m a staff nurse at
Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. I wanted to talk to you for a minute about pain — how it affects your recovery, your ability to rehab, physically and physiologically. Everybody has pain. Some of it might be a headache. At this hospital, we have a lot of neurological pains, we have a lot of orthopedic surgeries —
hips, knees, shoulders, spinal cord injuries,
spine injuries, things of that nature. A lot of our people are on opioid pain relievers. There’s a lot of pains that opioids are the
only thing that are going to be effective, and it’s just the way it works. Back to the pain thing, as far as rehabilitation goes. For instance, if you are an orthopedic patient and you’re having an awful lot of pain in your knee that just got replaced, you’re not gonna be able to rehab
effectively and quickly and efficiently if you can’t push through that pain. Two types of pain. One type of pain says “ouch that hurts, I
just got my knee operated on but it’s gonna get better.” Second kind of pain is “Ouch, I’m doing damage
to myself, I need to quit.” Our therapists know the difference, they help
you through that, along with the medications. We also have alternative methods. We use ice, we use hot packs, we reposition you. There’s a lot of different alternatives that
aren’t necessarily through the pharmacy. The pain issues sometimes limit people in
their psychological approach to the rehab. “I don’t want to get up this morning because
it just hurts too much, I’m not getting up this morning until my nurse brings me my pain meds.” We hear that a lot. That’s okay, we’ll bring you your pain meds. Another thing about that is though, you need
to kind of push through a little bit. Pain comes with the territory. It’s just a matter of the situation that we have in a rehab hospital. The pain medications that you take are also
matched with things like, this is something to think about, is the stool softeners. A lot of pain meds have an adverse effect
on your bowels. Not a fun thing to talk about, but something
that you have to be very aware with. You get pain meds, you’re gonna have to take
stool softeners, they go hand in hand. So in summary, the pain that you incur, you have to be honest with yourself. You also have to be honest with your caregiver, be it your nurse, your granddaughter, your primary care physician, whoever it is, let them know. If you’re experiencing a severe amount of pain, maybe something’s wrong, need to take a second look at it. You can always give us a call, check our website, or come in for a visit. It’d be better to call first, get a schedule for a visit here at our rehabilitation hospital and see for yourselves. Thank you. Thank you.

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