Living a much happier life
Congratulations to the MUSC Health Pain Rehabilitation Program!
The team received the Innovative Models for Integrated Care Award from The Association of Medicine and Psychiatry (AMP). AMP launched this award in 2016 after recognizing the unmet need to disseminate innovative and successful models of integrated care. Programs that win this award are evaluated on clinical importance, effectiveness, innovation, and generalizability.
South Carolina’s only comprehensive chronic pain rehabilitation program
The Pain Rehabilitation program is a three-week program that runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A person may be considered a candidate for admission if he or she has:
Applicants must be able to perform activities of daily living (toileting, dressing, and bathing) and the ability to walk or transfer from a wheelchair. They also need to have adequate concentration and memory function to learn and apply new information. Full-day participation is required.
People who are accepted into the three-week Pain Rehabilitation Center program will need a medical clearance for exercise form completed by their medical providers prior to beginning the program.
A person may not be considered a candidate for admission if he or she has:
Physician referral is required. The person's primary care provider or referring provider will be responsible for arranging other health care services if need arises. Referring health care professionals can contact the Pain Rehabilitation Program at 843-792-6895.
Referring physicians will need to provide the following information:
Admission to the Pain Rehabilitation Program begins with an evaluation, during which staff will assess whether a rehabilitation approach is appropriate for the person with chronic pain.
If the pain rehabilitation approach is appropriate, a tentative admission date is scheduled, a representative from Patient Account Services will contact the person's insurance carrier, as many health insurance plans require approval prior to admission.
People with chronic pain generally have extensive medical histories. A referral from a health care professional is required. Health care professionals may include a primary doctor, a pain specialist, a doctor trained in mental health conditions (psychiatrist or psychologist), a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner.
The referral provides the Pain Rehabilitation Center staff with the necessary background to determine if the rehabilitation approach may be beneficial for the individual.
For information or to enroll in the program, call 843-792-6895.
We offer a wide variety of evidence-based interventions for chronic pain. Our focus is on functioning, so everything you do will be focused on increasing your ability to do the things you need and want to do on a daily basis. We want to help you re-engage in valued life activities, whether that be traveling, working, spending time with loved ones, or finding a new hobby. In order to deliver on this mission, we combine a variety of interventions from medicine, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. You will meet with the entire team every other day in morning rounds and you will meet individually with a nurse every day; all other activities are group-based.
This is a common concern we hear from nearly every person who is interested in our program. We have never had anyone not complete the program because they were unable to make it through the entire day. In fact, nearly all of our patients tell us that they were “shocked and surprised” at what they were able to do. We help you learn to moderate your activity and rest so that you can attend the entire day!
We will help you develop individually-tailored goals based on your initial assessment. We meet you where you’re at, regardless of your starting point. We have many people in the program who are using walkers or canes, and we also have some people who are already quite active.
Since opening our doors in January 2018, we have consistently seen patients experience decreased pain, increased engagement in valued life activities, improved mood, and increased physical activity and endurance.
Patients with chronic pain who have been on long-term opioids tend to report less pain, and better functioning, mood, and quality of life when they taper off opioids. We understand that withdrawal is a concern for many people who are tapering off opioids. We are fully equipped to help you manage the physical and emotional aspects of withdrawal. We are prepared to help you successfully get through withdrawal.
Evidence shows that pain decreases or remains the same when individuals with chronic pain come off opioids. We have also witnessed this first-hand with patients in our program.
We accept all insurances and self-pay patients. Prior to starting the program, you will be provided with an individualized estimate of your insurance and out-of-pocket expenses for this program.