Are There Better Ways for Back Pain Therapists to Educate Their Patients?
As much as back pain therapists would like to give their patients one treatment that would leave them pain-free, it simply doesn’t work that way. Professionals can’t be with their patients every single day so it’s up to them to provide the patients with the information they need to get on the road to recovery. Some professional medical services use different resources than others, but it really all depends on the patient. Here are some great ways to better educate patients about their back pain.
If you hand a patient a stack of papers to read, chances are they will end up in the garbage before they get past the first few pages. However, if you give them a couple of websites to check out, they will be more likely to read the materials there. Over 60 percent of the population searches the Internet for medical advice so they can read the information anywhere they go. Use technology to your advantage to help educate your patients.
Find Out How Your Patient Learns Best
Having a standard method for educating patients is great, but what if you have some patients who don’t learn well with your approach? When patients begin learning about advanced pain management procedures, a hands-on approach is generally the best way to educate them. However, if you find out they learn more by reading, you can give them the information to look at and read for themselves.
Patients who need active spine care may not always be the happiest because of the pain they live with. Most of the time, they don’t really care why they are in pain; they just want the pain to be over. Scientific evidence shows patients who take accountability for their recovery have far better outcomes than those who do not. Valid scientific questionnaires will help you understand the patient’s thinking. Continue to ask them questions about what they truly care about and what they could be doing if they didn’t have back pain. If they realize they could be doing more by knowing more, you’ll have a better chance of getting through to them.
Educate Family Members as Well
An accountability factor is important when family members get involved. When you educate a family member just as much as the patient, the patient may feel like they aren’t going through the pain alone. Knowing someone else is there to understand what they are going through is a big motivator to learn and do more.
At DBC Active Spine Care®, our certified clinicians use a variety of cognitive behavioral methods to get our patients engaged throughout our evidenced-based protocol. Contact us for more information.