Patients & Caregivers

Managing Your Pain: Which Approach is Right for You?

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This patient guide from SAMHSA describes non-pharmacological treatments for pain including acupuncture, chiropractic, cognitive behavioral therapy, massage therapy, medication and relaxation, physical therapy, and yoga.

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Rethinking Pain: Understanding Pain

Source: Providence Health & Services

This resource serves as a patient education guide on understanding the science of pain and steps patients can take to reduce their body’s pain response.

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Tips for Decreasing Your Medication

Source: Oregon Health Authority

This patient education guide offers advice to patients considering tapering their opioid pain medication.

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Tips for Getting Back to Physical Activity

Source: Oregon Health Authority

This resource is a patient education guide for how to return to physical activity after injury or chronic pain with guidance about how physical activity can help patients manage their pain.

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Alternative Pain Management Therapies – Minnesota Medicaid Benefit Coverage

Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services

This 2019 patient/provider decision tool lists alternative pain management therapies that may be considered as an alternative to opioids and whether or not listed treatments are covered by Minnesota Medicaid health plans.

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Back to Health: A Study Comparing Yoga, Physical Therapy & Education for Chronic Low Back Pain – Yoga Teacher Training Manual

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Boston Medical Center Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities

In 2017, researchers at Boston Medical Center published a study where they compared the effectiveness of physical therapy to a manualized yoga program for the treatment of chronic low back pain. This document is the Yoga Teacher Training Manual used in the study.

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Back to Health: A Study Comparing Yoga, Physical Therapy & Education for Chronic Low Back Pain – Participant Guidebook

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Boston Medical Center Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities

In 2017, researchers at Boston Medical Center published a study comparing the effectiveness of physical therapy to a manualized yoga program for the treatment of chronic low back pain. This document is the participant guidebook to the yoga program.

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The ALTO Program: Presentation Slides

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Alexis M. LaPietra, DO - St. Joseph's Healthcare System of Paterson, New Jersey

The ALTO or Alternative to Opiates initiative is a an emergency department (ED) based program intended to utilize non-opioid approaches as a first-line therapy for certain pain conditions commonly treated in the ED. These slides briefly describe the ALTO protocols and the results of a pilot study of the program.

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