When you think about virtual reality, you may imagine playing a game and having fun, but in recent years, it has become a tool for reducing pain and improving quality of life in patients experiencing acute and chronic pain. Virtual reality allows patients to immerse themselves in a peaceful place, taking their minds away from the present pain in their bodies.
The number of U.S. deaths and overdoses from opioids continues as a top public health concern, even after the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency in 2017. Legislation limiting opioid prescribing has driven a shift from prescription to illicit use, with increases in synthetic opioid use. This troubling problem has been a key issue for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). National and state data indicate an alarming increase in opioid and other substance abuse overdoses and deaths since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is now being referred to as a national relapse trigger.
The Pain Assessment and Management Initiative, or PAMI, at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville is the 2021 recipient of the Robert L. Wears Patient Safety Leadership Award for the team category.
This AI-PAMI Patient & Caregiver Presentation on " Being in Touch: Pain Relief at Your Fingertips" is presented by Catherine Cerulli, M.Ed., Integrative Practitioner and University of Vermont guest lecturer in the School of Nursing. Catherine gives an overview of the use of Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyustu for pain self-management and to relieve stress and anxiety. She demonstrates how to perform the hand holds and breathing techniques to use while trying both Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyustu.
This presentation on aromatherapy is presented by Douglas Suffield, MAcOM, Pain Education Specialist at UF Health Jacksonville. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants (flowers, herbs, or trees) as an integrative health approach. Doug provides an overview of aromatherapy and essential oils, their benefit and safe usage. Aromatherapy has been researched in association with pain management as well as stress and anxiety reduction. There is research supporting the benefit of the use of essential oils for labor and delivery patients, especially.
AI-PAMI hosted a live presentation of Virtual Reality as a Pain Management Tool on March 3, 2021. The webinar was presented by Douglas Suffield, MAcOM, Pain Education Specialist at UF Health Jacksonville. Doug starts by explaining pain neuroscience and how distraction techniques like virtual reality can reduce pain. He provides an overview of how virtual reality works, explains the basics of headsets and how to get started as well as safety measures to take.
Pain management is a very personal topic and for many, understanding what options are best can be a challenge. The Integrative Pain Management Series presented by the Aging and Integrative Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (AI-PAMI) at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville is a comprehensive project aiming to educate adults ages 50 and older, their caregivers and the health care providers who work with this population about pain management options beyond medications alone.
View the live webinar recording of Understanding Medical Marijuana and its Potential Benefits and Harms in Older Adults Living with Pain, presented by University of Florida researchers, Robert Cook, MD, MPH and Yan Wang, PhD. on Feb. 23, 2021. Dr. Cook and Dr. Wang presented on medical marijuana and its effects on chronic pain and related health outcomes. This webinar focuses on fostering understanding about various medical marijuana products in the state of Florida and its application for pain management within the older adult patient population. Dr. Wang provides an overview of recent medical marijuana research along with findings from a pilot study focused on older adults with chronic pain newly initiating medical marijuana use.
Imagine a world where emergency room patients and providers have access to a menu of pain management treatment options that include a blend of traditional and integrative techniques. This is the vision held by a team at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville looking to create a new way of caring for patients with a variety of pain conditions. With funding received by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, this concept will soon become a reality at the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North emergency rooms.
Adam Chaifetz, DC, DIBCN, MSCS, presents "Understanding Chiropractic Management of Pain" for health care provider audiences. Chaifetz is a Chiropractic Neurologist and the Program Clinical Coordinator for the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center at UF Health Jacksonville. He provides an overview of cervical spine and back pain conditions commonly treated by chiropractic care, along with common techniques employed by chiropractors to help manage painful conditions.