Pain Program (SIMP)

A CARF Accredited Structured Intensive Multidisciplinary Pain Program (SIMP) 

The Pain Rehabilitation Program at St. Luke's provides services to help patients better manage persistent pain, improve physical abilities and return to work. Following an evaluation, a treatment plan is developed to improve the patient's physical activity and coping ability. Special focus is placed on creating an exercise program to improve strength, endurance and flexibility.

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  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Pain management classes/education
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Biofeedback training/counseling
  • Psychological evaluation/treatment
  • Behavioral Treatment
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Physiatry Services
  • Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

The rehabilitation team provides outpatient therapy services Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Flexible hours may be arranged with individual therapists to meet the needs of patients and families. Patients participating in the Pain Program are seen every Monday through Friday 6-8 hours each day for four weeks in a row. The St. Luke’s team works closely with patients and their family to set goals for recovery. Therapy sessions are provided to reach the best possible results.

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Program

  • The only Labor & Industries, CARF accredited pain program in the Inland Northwest
  • Treatment is provided 6-8 hours a day, five business days a week
  • Structured, 20-day interdisciplinary therapy program for injured workers (physical, occupational, vocational and behavioral therapies)
  • Weekly interdisciplinary case conferences with patient, clinicians and vocational rehabilitation counselor

This program is for injured workers who have:

  • Not been successful in getting back to work after three months of conventional medical interventions
  • Been injured at work with an open L&I claim
  • Returned to work, but need help coping with pain management
  • Been considered for a fusion or intervertebral artificial disk replacement

Treatment Goals
Getting individuals to return to work

  • Improve functional capacities
  • Prepare for workforce re-entry
  • Teach techniques for effective management of persistent pain
  • Teach the importance of proper body mechanics and posture
  • Improve mental cognition and focus
  • Minimize injury recurrence, lost time and disability
  • Increase likelihood for successful surgical outcomes

Patients Served
Injuries that cause patients to need pain rehabilitation can happen to anyone at any age. In 2011, the Pain Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Luke’s provided rehabilitation services to 115 patients.

  • The average age of a Pain Rehabilitation patient is 48
  • 21% of our patients are female. 79% are male.


Conditions Treated
The most common conditions St. Luke's treats for patients at the pain clinic are:

  • Low back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee injuries

Patient Questions & Answers 

St. Luke's wants to help patients throughout their stay and after. Here are answers to some often asked questions by our patients and their families.
 

  1. How long is the pain program?
    The pain program takes place over 20 consecutive business days. The clinic does not operate on weekends or holidays.
     
  2. What services will I receive in the pain program?
    The pain program combines many forms of therapy to best serve patients. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Biofeedback, Psychology, Vocational Counseling and weekly visits with the Pain Rehab Program Medical Director to meet each patient's unique needs.
     
  3. Will I be allowed to take medication while attending the Program?
    You can continue taking your medication while in the pain program.

Tell Us How We Are Doing
St. Luke’s is committed to providing the best rehabilitation care possible for the patients we serve. Your input is needed. Please tell us what other information you would like to know about the Pain Program at St. Luke's.

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