Published on November 28, 2018

Essentia Health launches new pain relief and mental health program

Ifeyinwa Igwe, Pain Rehabilitation

The Pain Rehabilitation Services team at Essentia Health-Duluth will soon offer a new outpatient mental health group therapy program. Partial Hospitalization with a Pain Focus, also known as Pain PHP, offers skilled care in a safe, nurturing environment for adults age 18 and older with significant mental health and persistent pain concerns.

The three-week program begins Monday, Dec. 3 and participants meet six hours a day, four days a week. Attendance is required for each session and a provider referral is needed to participate. The program, overseen by Dr. Ifeyinwa Igwe, is staffed by experienced Essentia Health professionals, including nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychotherapists, activity therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, addiction specialists and others.

“The Pain team has worked hard in developing this program to meet the needs of our patients who suffer from chronic pain and mental health issues,” says Josette Church, behavioral health operations manager. “We believe chronic pain is more than just a physical experience, and chronic pain often results in depression, anxiety, or exacerbates existing mental health issues. This new program offers a multi-disciplinary approach to treat and improve chronic pain and mental health symptoms. Our focus is on improving daily functioning, learning to cope with pain and mental health.”

Participants will focus on stabilizing their current mental health concerns as well as building skills. Sessions will include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication monitoring
  • Neuroscience pain education
  • Patient and family education and support
  • Coping skills training Case management services and discharge planning

Funded in part by the Miller-Dwan Foundation, call (218) 786-8120 or toll-free at (800) 342-1388 (ext. 68120) for more information.