Chronic Pain Assessment

Psychologists do not make determinations on the physical mechanism of pain.  Physicians of particular specialties provide an opinion on the cause of pain (i.e., orthopedics, neurology, physiatry, etc.) .  Other physicians, such as an anesthesiologist, provide recommendations on medication for chronic pain.

Psychologists provide an opinion on factors impacting an individual's pain tolerance and coping. When dealing with pain that is improving slowly or chronic pain, the best methods to improve daily functioning is learning to cope with pain.

Psychologists are able to provide insight into the person's thoughts and beliefs that interfere with pain coping and recommend nonpharmacological methods for coping with pain.  A chronic pain assessment usually takes place within the context of a psychological or neuropsychological assessment.

Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment Services