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Pain Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (PROP) | VA Birmingham Health Care

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In 2020, PROP became a CARF-accredited (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) Intensive and Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Outpatient Program. The program runs two separate cohorts concurrently: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm for 6 weeks and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm for 12 weeks. Participants will receive input from each member of a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, clinical social workers, and certified whole health coaches to actively manage persistent pain conditions. Receive focused and individualized treatment. Participants will participate in active therapies such as pain science, sleep hygiene, nutrition and weight management, tai chi, yoga, mindfulness, communication groups, cognitive coping, creative expression, exercise/walking groups, whole health, and self-medication. Participate in groups and educational groups as well. , Headache Management and Spirituality.

Patients meeting general guidelines will undergo intake screening for an individualized pain rehabilitation program. If the pain specialist, pain psychologist, and veteran agree that her PROP program is appropriate and would like to continue, the veteran’s appointment will be scheduled.

This program focuses on what you can do and achieve despite your pain. We recognize that you are in pain and that participating in PROP may require many changes from your normal life and routine. We do our best to clarify all expectations. Please feel free to discuss your concerns with our staff as we are here to help you.

We understand that your chronic pain can change your life and at times you may feel helpless and dependent on others. Our goal is to help you restore your self-esteem and confidence by encouraging you to gradually take responsibility for your pain rehabilitation. We will teach you skills and provide support, but we need you to work with us to improve.

During this treatment, we want you to feel and act as part of our team, not as a ‘patient’. In fact, you are the most important member of our team. Work together as a team to reduce pain levels, increase activity and improve mood. Time spent in a pain rehabilitation outpatient program offers the best opportunity to restore health and improve quality of life.

There are two ways to join the program:

  • Proposition 6: A 6-Week Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 3pm
  • Proposition 12: 12-Week Program Wednesday 8am-3pm

Introductory information:

  • Health care providers can submit pain rehabilitation programs.
  • For more information, please contact the Pain Management Coordinator at 205-933-8101 x35-3540 or ext. 33-5083