Northern California Functional Restoration Program
Support for Patients with Chronic Pain
The Functional Restoration Program is designed for patients who have not been able to cope with chronic pain or who have had unsuccessful outcomes from prior treatment and medications.
The FRP program at NMCI will be tailored specifically for your needs, goals, and concerns. The interdisciplinary method of our FRP program identifies and works through obstacles that may block progress in reaching your specific goals for optimal improvement.
Our FRP program administrators will arrange necessary Interpreters, transportation, lodging, and lunch during the program to help you focus on recovering.
For more information on the FRP at NMCI Medical Clinic, call us at (408) 755-3304. You can find our clinics throughout Northern California.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is persistent pain that does not respond to traditional medications and reduction therapies. Over time, chronic pain can negatively impact your life in several ways. These negative impacts include:
- Physical health
- Emotional health
- Ability to Work
- Family relationships
- Limited functionality for activities of daily life
Our goal throughout the interdisciplinary recovery plan is to help you acquire and utilize pain coping skills that help you increase strength and endurance as well as improve your quality of life and interpersonal effectiveness.
How Does Everything Work?
Your first step will be meeting with your physician and the professionals from our FRP team. At this point, your professional team will assess and create a guide that is designed just for you.
During the program, you will meet with the team three times per week for seven weeks. At the end of every week, your team will meet to assess your progress and participation. Our goal at the end of the seven weeks is social re-integration as well as return to work. During this seven-week period, you will be provided with a supportive and compassionate team that will work with you every step of the way.
What Will I Do During This Time?
Your team of professionals will provide the best treatment plan for you and teach you how to manage your pain and concerns independently. Services and education include the following:
- Pain Management Education – You will learn about available medications, their effectiveness, and side effects. You will learn the current theories of pain management and ways to independently manage your pain.
- Physical Therapy – This time of exercise and conditioning will provide you with techniques to help strengthen your body with a focus on targeting areas of concern. You will also increase your overall endurance through this training. The conditioning exercises will be monitored throughout the program by a professional, ensuring proper movement and safety during exercise and light yoga.
- Psychological Assistance –This phase will provide cognitive behavioral assistance in order to arm you with coping skills specifically for your chronic pain. This is known as positive psychology and will reduce anxiety levels. You will also meet with a psychiatrist in order to discuss potential medication and relaxations methods such as meditation for depression. You will learn how proper communication is the starting point to reaching out to your team or others for help as well as helping others.
- Stress Relief – Mental and emotional relief methods include yoga, art, and meditation. You will also learn relaxation techniques for self-soothing and active self-management. Your team will also provide you with sleep education. Proper sleep will help your body restore itself and reduce levels of anxiety.
- Vocational Counseling – Vocational counseling provides you with methods of improving your communication skills as well as determining your strengths. You will discuss your goals in life and available vocations. The ultimate goal of vocational counseling is to help you get back to work and living a higher quality of life.
- Nutrition Counseling – Healthy dietary choices are a key component to your overall health. Your nutrition counselor will provide you with information on foods that help reduce inflammation as well as foods to avoid. You will also learn about weight management and the role it plays in reducing problems with inflammation.
How Do I Enroll In The FRP at the NMCI Medical Clinic?
We encourage you to give NMCI a call to discuss the enrollment process and how to begin. We accept patients from across the country. Even if you don’t live in the area and are coming to us from a distance, we can provide information on and coordination with transportation services and accommodation.
We look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to start your path in reducing chronic pain to help you enjoy and restore your life as soon as possible. Contact us today to get started.
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We provide medical legal services such as permanent and stationary reports, QME, and AME evaluations. Additionally, our providers can perform Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s) to assess our patients work limitations so they can safely and independently perform their job duties.
We offer a functional restoration program (FRP) designed to help patients cope with chronic pain and whom have had inadequate outcomes from prior treatment and medications. Through this program, you will learn to reduce the negative impacts of chronic pain including depression, anxiety, and social isolation.
We have specialists in the fields of pain management, physiatry, occupational medicine, osteopathic medicine, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, psychology, acupuncture, physical therapy, and more.