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New ward for chronic pain patients in Hofheim hospital

The hospitals of the Main-Taunus-Kreis have set up an interdisciplinary pain clinic in the Hofheim hospital. Since the end of May, patients with chronic pain have been treated on the new ward with double rooms and twelve beds according to a multi-professional treatment concept.

The department on the first floor of the hospital is under the direction of the pain medicine specialist and anesthetist Professor Michael Booke. In addition to patients with chronic pain of the musculoskeletal system, patients with neurological pain disorders such as polyneuropathy or fibromyalgia, but also reflex dystrophy (Sudeck's disease), can find help in Hofheim. The department is also a point of contact for the treatment of tumor or phantom pain. Inpatient admission to the pain clinic requires that the patient has been in pain for more than three months. All outpatient therapy options and common pain medications should have been used beforehand and without satisfactory results.
“We have used our spatial possibilities and medical expertise to expand our range of treatments for pain patients. The demand for inpatient pain therapy was great and our capacity has so far not been sufficient, ”explains clinic manager Stefan Schad.
According to the concept of multimodal pain therapy, pain specialists, orthopedists, psychologists, pain nurses as well as physiotherapists and occupational therapists work together in the pain clinic to treat the patient. The spectrum of drug pain therapy ranges from the oral administration of medication to the injection of painkillers to nerve blocks. “We cannot promise the patient that we will turn off the pain completely. Our goal is to reduce it, to control it and to train the patient in dealing with the pain. He should learn to control the pain so that it no longer controls his life, ”emphasizes Head Physician Professor Booke.

Depending on the findings, the pain patient also receives chiropractic or osteopathic treatments. Psychotherapy, acupuncture and reflex therapy are also used depending on the indication. Relaxation and equipment training, Nordic walking as well as art and music therapy take place in small groups. Each patient receives a personal therapy plan at the start of treatment. The intensive therapy requires an inpatient stay of two to three weeks. “Our patients are challenged. The number of therapy hours is high, ”emphasizes Booke. "In the group, we bring people of the same age with similar ailments together as possible and thus promote the exchange of experiences with one another, which has a very positive effect on the clinical picture."

Patients with chronic back pain have been treated as inpatients at the Spine Center in Hofheim Hospital since July 2017. Up to now there were four beds for them in an internal medicine ward. The orthopedist and pain therapist Dr. Dieter Nischwitz has treated around 150 patients with chronic back pain as part of conservative orthopedics in the past two years. In the new department, he will continue to be the orthopedic contact person for spine patients.
The new ward, where a pain therapist is present all day, has six patient rooms, three treatment rooms, a training room, a lounge and a separate dining room for pain patients.

About Chronic Pain: A chronic pain syndrome is when the pain has lost its actual function as a warning and guide, has lasted longer than three months and has thus acquired an independent disease value. Chronic pain often cannot be fathomed with modern diagnostics such as CT or MRI. Nor can it be measured objectively. What counts is the individual patient's perception of pain. Persistent pain affects not only the physical but also to a large extent the psychological state of the patient.