Feature July 20, 2022 John Bernot, MD

Challenges of managing chronic pain and how Ayva can help

Managing chronic pain can be challenging, but with dynamic platforms like Ayva, pain management becomes simple.

Chronic pain is a medical condition affecting around 20% of American adults.1 Patients can have a hard time describing their symptoms to their doctors, and may not get a diagnosis until they’ve received multiple opinions. 

Once diagnosed, chronic pain patients can be difficult to manage. Chronic pain can happen unexpectedly, and cause a great deal of grief for someone. Some patients also may not want to embark on a potentially life-long treatment plan. 

This can be viewed as too much for some patients, and as such, it is proven that chronic pain costs for medical providers have reached $635 billion a year 2. Read on to learn how a dynamic patient engagement platform can help patients and providers overcome the challenges that come along with managing chronic pain. 

Confrontations of managing chronic pain

Chronic pain is pain that lasts for over three months. Sometimes it will last for years, and other times it will last the rest of your life. Chronic pain can result from injury or chronic illness and disease such as autoimmune disorders3. One of the hardest things about it for patients is that it’s typically invisible to the naked eye and difficult to explain. It can also happen unexpectedly, making it difficult for patients to accept and deal with it.

Since there are so many ways that people can acquire chronic pain, there are also endless ways to manage it, which presents challenges for providers. 

Patient activation 

One of the biggest challenges providers face when it comes to managing chronic pain is patient activation. For example, if someone has knee surgery that results in chronic pain, they’ll need to follow a treatment plan. This can include follow-up visits, physical therapy, and medication. For a post-surgical patient focused on recovery and rehabilitation, lengthy paper brochures and medication descriptions can be overwhelming. There is also need for constant check-in processes, surveys, and assessments.

That’s where a digital health tool like Ayva comes in. Ayva is designed to make life easier for patients and providers alike. All patients need to do is access Ayva, and they’ll have a way to communicate with their provider and access their treatment plan easily. In fact, 92% of patients engage with Ayva, which can also help to lower your cost of care.

Medication management 

Chronic pain is typically managed with medication, including opioids. Since opioids can easily be abused, providers tend to want their chronic pain patients off of them as quickly as possible. Utilizing software like Ayva allows providers to be in contact with their patients while they transition them to different medications for pain management. 

Treatment plans

Along with medication, chronic pain patients typically need resources to learn about their condition. Otherwise, they may feel lost and unmotivated to learn about it themselves. Providers can use Ayva to upload educational resources, including videos, to assist patients in managing their chronic pain. This can be lists of exercises, diets or anything else a provider thinks will help with their condition. 

Final thoughts 

To sum it up, chronic pain is difficult to manage. Providers must encourage patients to be active in their own care in order to manage it properly. Using a patient engagement platform like Ayva gives patients and providers a simple solution for all things pain management.  

To learn more about how to manage chronic pain, use Ayva as your guide!

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