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IACH helps patients function, manage chronic pain

By | IACH | July 24, 2014

Fort Riley’s Irwin Army Community Hospital’s Pain Management Clinic offers two programs for patients suffering from chronic pain: Pain School and the Functional Restoration Program.

Pain School is two-hour educational class where participants learn about the many aspects of chronic pain and how to better manage it through various coping mechanisms and strategies.

The Functional Restoration Program is a four-week, eight-session comprehensive program involving many specialties, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral health, nutrition, chiropractor and others, where participants with chronic pain learn and practice "hands-on" how to better cope, manage and live with their condition. All the skills taught at FRP are meant to complement and enhance the patient's current pain regimen, as well as enhance overall quality of life.

“The Functional Restoration Program helped me learn that pain doesn't have to limit me. Instead, it has allowed me to explore new options, with benefits I never expected,” said Sgt. Jeffery Bennett, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

Spc. Ken Garcia, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, also said, “The Functional Restoration Program offered me an opportunity to spend time with others that had the same issues I did. It gave me lots of tools to manage my pain and stress and took away my fear of yoga, so now I stretch more. I'm still utilizing a lot of the skills, which is making my life so much better than before. The program helped us realize that even though we have injuries and limitations, we are still functional.”

Active duty Soldiers, family members and retirees suffering from chronic pain are all eligible to attend these programs upon referral by a primary care provider. 

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