Healthpointe’s Functional Restoration Program
The Functional Restoration Program at Healthpointe (led by Healthpointe Psychologist Levon Margolin, Ph.D.) is a chronic pain program focused on improving the patient’s quality of life. Chronic pain has a way of taking control of the patient’s life, making it much worse. If the patient’s life is a car, chronic pain can become the driver. As the patient knows all too well, there are many things about the pain and life that are out of the patient’s control.
However, there are also many aspects of the pain and life that are within the patient’s control. By focusing on what the patient is in control of, quality of life can improve as the patient gets back into the driver’s seat!
The goals of the Functional Restoration Program are to increase the patient’s functioning, improve activities of daily living, manage/reduce medications, decrease pain, decrease suffering and return the patient to work.
The Functional Restoration Program consists of multiple providers working together as a team, with the patient at the center of the team. This approach is called an interdisciplinary biopsychosocial approach and it is a proven, effective way to treat chronic pain. As the patient knows all too well, chronic pain is very complex and difficult to deal with.
Chronic pain involves the physical pain felt by the patient, as well as the behaviors, emotions, thoughts, and social interactions that are interconnected with the pain. As a result, the best way to treat chronic pain is with an approach that focuses on all of these different aspects of the pain.
The components of the Functional Restoration Program include medical management with a medical doctor who focuses on answering the patient’s questions about pain and working with the patient to stabilize and reduce medications.
Throughout the program, the patient also works with the physiotherapy department to increase the patient’s functioning and activities of daily living, including a focus on returning the patient to work.
Additionally, the patient works with a behavioral medicine psychologist who provides psychological and behavioral care, psychosocial care, and education. The behavioral medicine psychologist uses a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to decrease the patient’s suffering by improving the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that contribute to the pain.
Prior to attending the program, the patient must complete a Functional Restoration Program evaluation. This evaluation includes a comprehensive medical evaluation, a physical functioning evaluation, a behavioral medicine evaluation with psychometric testing, and a case conference. The evaluation is conducted to determine if the patient meets standard criteria for inclusion in the program and to collect baseline functional testing data.
The Functional Restoration Program has various schedules available designed to fit the needs of the patient. Our most popular program runs for 20 days, three days per week. This program is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The patient receives behavioral medicine treatment and physiotherapy daily and the patient sees the medical doctor once a week. Additionally, the treatment team has a case conference every week to make sure that the patient is making progress and achieving treatment goals.
Upon completion of the program, the patient will be enrolled in the aftercare program. Aftercare programs are tailored to the patient’s needs and include follow up evaluations at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months.
Functional Restoration Program in Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County:
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Anaheim
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Colton
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Corona
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Garden Grove
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Irwindale
- Functional Restoration Program in and near La Mirada
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Long Beach
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Los Angeles
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Ontario
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Perris
- Functional Restoration Program in and near Temecula
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