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OT Goals for Pain Management

OT Goals for Pain Management

Simple Goals for Pain Management

The patient will verbalize a decrease in pain level from (intensity/location) to (intensity/location) by x number of weeks.

The patient will demonstrate decreased functional deficits due to pain symptoms as evidenced by a score improvement from xx/10 to xx/10 on the [Perception-based Pain scale assessment, any] before/during/after activity performance with [xx] sessions.

The patient will verbalize an understanding of alternative pain management techniques xxxx, xxxx, xxxx after collaborative education and training as verified by therapist after patient-led discussion within xx weeks.

The patient [or caregiver] will communicate an understanding of positioning techniques to control pain/pressure as evidenced by verbal discussion with practitioner and demonstration of learned skills within [xx] days/weeks. 

The patient [or caregiver] will demonstrate understanding and effective use of an orthotic/prosthetic device with its risk factors as evidenced by verbal discussion with practitioner and demonstration of learned skills within [xx] days/weeks. 

Goals Continuums and Progressions for Pain Management

Perceived Pain Goal

The patient will demonstrate a decrease in overall perceived pain as evidenced by greater than or equal to at least a 25% or 14.75 points decrease on the Brief Pain Inventory Short Form on which she scored a 59/120 or 49% regarding the incapacitation she experiences from pain in right lower back, right hip, and descending radiating pain from nerve compression syndrome associated with Sciatic nerve. 

Checkpoints:

  • 4-6 sessions of modalities, vibration, manual therapy, and guided stretching 25%
  • 4-6 sessions of modalities, vibration, manual therapy, and guided stretching PLUS movement integration 50%
  • 1-2 sessions of mobility based training to confirm effective pain relief and provide transition to discontinuation of therapies. 75%
  • Re-test and goal completion 100%