Miss J suffered chronic pain and cognitive impairment after a car accident. While she had been able to live on her own, significant cognitive impairments resulted in her poor decision making, poor initiation, lack of vocation, and an inability to maintain healthy relationships.
Although she was very resistant to change, Miss J. flourished during her time at CORE. She was an active participant in treatment, which included occupational therapy, physical therapy, and cognitive therapy, including daily computer work. Sleep studies and interventions helped her to manage chronic pain. She initiated asking for a paid position at the treatment center to care for house plants. She now lives at home and holds a part-time job. She reports continued progress in follow up calls.
All sensations of pain are neurologically based. Future developments in neuroplasticity will allow rehabilitation professionals to guide treatments that lead to better pain control, including possibly the conscious release of endorphins, the body's natural pain relievers.