Behavioral Medicine & Rehabilitation Psychology
Behavioral Medicine Services at Siskin Hospital
Our psychologists and neuropsychologist have specialized training in Behavioral Medicine and Rehabilitation Psychology.
They are trained to assist individuals living with a chronic medical illness or who have endured a traumatic injury. We understand that affected individuals and their families frequently encounter heightened levels of stress, feelings of grief and loss, and changes in their quality of life. Our psychologists provide in-depth evaluation and treatment of emotional and behavioral factors affecting adjustment and recovery.
Behavioral medicine services are frequently helpful for individuals coping with:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Paralysis and cognitive/emotional problems following stroke
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neurologic Illness (Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, MS)
- Chronic Pain
- Traumatic Injury
Chronic pain can affect all aspects of an individual’s life from work to life at home. Management of chronic pain is complex and many individuals benefit from a combination of therapies, including behavioral intervention. Individuals utilizing behavioral strategies into their pain management program frequently experience decreased reliance on narcotic medications and report lower pain levels and improved quality of life.
Dr. DelGardo provides expert care in the behavioral management of chronic pain and assisting the individual with developing strategies to cope with issues of depression, hopelessness, and helplessness that frequently accompany chronic pain. When appropriate, Dr. DelGardo may also include biofeedback into the treatment plan. Individuals seeing Dr. DelGardo can expect that she will work closely with your physiatrist or pain management specialist to develop an integrated and comprehensive plan of care for your chronic pain condition. She is also an integral part of the interdisciplinary team of professionals who work with chronic pain patients in our Functional Restoration Program.
For individuals considering spinal cord stimulator placement or surgical intervention, Dr. DelGardo can provide the pre-surgical psychological evaluation frequently required by surgeons and pain management specialists.
Learn more about the Behavior Medicine Department.