COVID-19 Update: We remain open, providing our continued high-quality care in Indianapolis. However, please call us ahead of upcoming appointments if you are experiencing fever, cough, or breathing difficulties. For your safety, patients may only be accompanied by one guest in the waiting room effective immediately.
At the Indianapolis Center for Pain Management, providing care to our patients is our top priority. In light of the recent outbreak of a new type of coronavirus (recently named COVID-19), our pain psychologist Dr. Amanda Wakefield, has compiled some tips for you to manage virus risk and make sure you have accurate information about the virus.
While chronic pain itself is not a known risk factor for complications of the COVID-19 illness, we recognize that many of our patients are in age groups (over 60) or have other health conditions that put them at higher risk than the general population.
Right now, information about this virus is everywhere. As with most topics regarding healthcare, information about this virus varies from accurate and helpful to inaccurate and potentially dangerous. It is important to make sure you are getting accurate information and taking reasonable, appropriate steps to keep your risk of becoming ill as low as possible. It is also important to manage the fears and worries about this virus that many people have.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html) and Mayo Clinic (https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-what-a-mayo-clinic-expert-says-you-need-to-know-about-the-coronavirus/) have each published information on the details of this illness, what you need to know, and basic ways to decrease your risk of getting sick.
The CDC recommends some individuals at highest risk take special precautions such as:
However, for most people the CDC simply recommends the following everyday health behaviors that are a good idea any time illnesses are common (including cold and flu season, which were already in full swing when COVID-19 was discovered):
Here at Center for Pain Management, we have put measures in place to ensure you continue to receive appropriate, safe, continuous care during this time. These measures include patient screenings, contingency plans in case either patients or providers are quarantined, and remaining ready to address your concerns about what this virus means for you and your care.
Because so many people are worried about the impact this virus may have on them, the American Psychological Association published a set of 5 tips to help you manage worry about the virus and keep it in perspective. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics
These tips are:
While many people are understandably worried about this virus, everyday behaviors to avoid exposure and manage your emotional response to this situation are the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. We also ask that you avoid unhelpful activities such as stockpiling large amounts of supplies (hand sanitizer, medical masks, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc.) as the resulting shortages are often leaving medical providers and those at highest risk of complications without access to these supplies.
Be well and remember to wash those hands!