Psychological Services

Patients with painful conditions that have lasted more than 6 months, frequently react to their suffering by being upset, by developing non-constructive behaviors, and by loss of quality of life. These are natural consequences of long-term suffering, but if undetected or left unaddressed, these emotional and behavioral reactions to pain can result in an aggravation of the painful condition, further loss of quality of life, and eventual disability.

Furthermore, demographically speaking, some patients are good candidates for certain procedures and or surgery, and some are not. In some states, (Texas is one example), all back-surgery candidates who were injured on the job must be evaluated by a medical psychologist, before surgery is actually performed.

Sophisticated medical psychology methods enable us to predict, with a high degree of accuracy, which patients will do well with a certain treatment option. The intent in medical psychology evaluations is three-pronged:

  1. Reduce suffering by preventing unnecessary surgeries on patients who are likely to have poor surgical outcomes;
  2. Reduce healthcare costs, but recommending the best treatment options for each patient;
  3. Help design the best comprehensive treatment program possible for patients with chronic pain.

The types of evaluations performed at Southern Pain Specialists include:

Treatment Options:
  • Pain Management Training and Therapy
  • Stress Evaluation and Management Training
  • Medical Psychology Treatment
  • Psychophysiological Self-Regulation Training
  • Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Health Psychology Services
  • Coping Skills Training
  • Individual & Group Medical Psychotherapy
  • Self-Hypnosis Training
  • Marital Counseling
  • Health and Behavior Intervention
  • Employee Assistance Programs with Work-Injuries
  • Career/Vocational Counseling
Medical Conditions Treated in Medical Psychology:
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Low back pain
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Rheumatological conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Post-traumatic and work-related Injuries
  • Orofacial pain and TMJ Syndrome
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Stress-related Illnesses
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sympathetic Reflex Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Reactive disorders secondary to Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Pain that results from chronic neurological conditions
Cooperative Treatments With Other Specialties:

Our doctors see patients at our outpatient clinic located in various hospitals in the region. This gives us the unique ability to closely coordinate patient care with a variety of disciplines. Southern Pain Specialists works closely with other disciplines to design a comprehensive treatment plan for patients. Such disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Psychology Evaluations
  • Pain Evaluations
  • Health and Behavior Assessments
  • Pre-surgical Evaluations
  • Pre-implant Evaluations
  • Headache Evaluations
  • Fibromyalgia Evaluations
  • Forensic Evaluations
Evaluations performed at Southern Pain:
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

It is the intent of our practice to diagnose our patients properly and then guide them toward the best possible treatment or treatments available. Frequently, a concerted effort by many disciplines is required in order for the patient to experience a major reduction in their pain and for them to regain a foothold in good quality life.