The Integration of Technology into Treatment Programs to Aid in the Reduction of Chronic PainChad Eckard1, Caitlyn Asbury1, Brandon Bolduc1, Chelsea Camerlengo1, Julia Gotthardt1, Lauren Healy1, Laura Waialae1, Ceirra Zeigler1, Jennifer Childers1 and Joseph Horzempa1,2*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Joseph Horzempa
Department of Graduate Health Sciences, West Liberty University
208 University Dr., CUB 139 West Liberty 26074, West Virginia, USA
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 12, 2016; Accepted date: December 22, 2016; Published date: December 31, 2016
Citation: Eckard C, Asbury C, Bolduc B, Camerlengo C, Gotthardt J, et al. (2016) The Integration of Technology into Treatment Programs to Aid in the Reduction of Chronic Pain. J Pain Manage Med 2:118.
Copyright: © 2016 Eckard C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In the United States, roughly $600 billion is spent on pain management – usually in the form of addictive opioid drugs. Due to the dangers associated with long-term opiate-based pain medication, the development of additional strategies for chronic pain management is warranted. The advent of smartphones and associated technology has provided healthcare providers with a unique opportunity to provide pain management support. This review summarizes of the use of technology to supplement chronic pain management regimens. Smartphone and internetbased applications that employ online journals facilitate improved communication between patient and clinician and allow for more personalized care and improved pain management. For instance, the e-Ouch application provides a platform for pain logs as well as feedback and coaching to patients via Twitter postings and blogs. Other applications provide online resources and blogs to improve patient education, which has shown to relieve patient symptoms through lifestyle modification. Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on the psychological coping mechanisms. The application of technology and smartphone apps toward pain management shows promise toward reducing the use of opioids in pain management, but has yet to be incorporated as a standard practice. More robust studies critically evaluating the efficacy of these technology-based therapies need to be conducted before standardization and insurance coverage can become reality.