Our Programs and Services

Our multidisciplinary team provides integrated care targeted toward specific functional and psychosocial goals for each patient. Weekly formal team meetings and daily informal team physician-patient interactions help maintain a thoughtful structure to the program and allow flexibility for the individual learning process. We accept only those patients who appear motivated and who we believe will be successful. In the event that full participation is not being realized, we identify perceived barriers to full participation and provide the patient with assistance needed to overcome these barriers. In the event that this is not achieved, we proceed to early discharge in a non-judgmental manner with recommendations for continued medical care.

Research consistently indicates that a multidisciplinary treatment approach is the most effective way to address the complex problem of chronic pain. At Orange County Pain and Wellness we use Multidisciplinary treatment teams to assess and treat chronic pain. Working closely with your pain management physician members of your team work together in a coordinated manner to provide explore all treatment options that may be right for you.

Our goal is to treat the whole person, recognizing that pain and disability affect all aspects of a person's life. Each patient enrolled in the program participates in structured daily activities and receives individual case management, including the following features and services as needed.


Functional Restoration (FRP)

Functional restoration is an interdisciplinary group process of education, psychotherapy, and physical reconditioning through exercise and functional activities.

The process results in reformation of neuromuscular, sensory and cognitive patterns that influence the individual patient's thinking, perception and physical response to pain.

An individualized care plan provides each patient with a "tool kit" of methods to manage chronic pain and return to a productive lifestyle. An integrated interdisciplinary treatment model has been shown to be superior to physical therapy and psychotherapy provided separately in terms of functional and emotional gains.

The functional restoration program meets five days a week for group-oriented education and individualized exercise. A typical day involves participation in six one-hour activities including physical conditioning which consists of one hour of strength/endurance training in the morning and one hour working on improving the patient's ability to perform ADL's in the afternoon.

Patient's also attend group education and counseling with our psychologist, vocational counseling, medical follow up and education in general health, nutrition and holistic healing methods. There is a one hour lunch break as well as two short breaks throughout the day.

Patient functional progress and program participation is reevaluated weekly at our interdisciplinary team conferences. Case managers and claims adjusters are welcome to attend in person or by teleconference.

Our goals include providing each patient with a range of tools that can help them confidently and more effectively manage pain, helping return the patient to their highest functional level and to meaningful activities through increased fitness and strength, and increasing a patient's sense of emotional well-being and independence.



Medication Management

Our program is designed for people living with chronic pain who have received treatment that has included the use of addictive pain medications. The purpose of the program is to find a better way to manage pain and avoid potential problems such as relapse or increased use of pain medication.


Physical Therapy
And Functional Education

Physical Therapy addresses physical impairments such as: weakness, limited range of motion, poor endurance, and poor balance.

Active exercises are incorporated to train patients with an increased independence with Activities of Daily Living including:
Strengthening with the use of isometrics, light weights, therabands, pilates based exercises and progressive resistance exercises
Stretching via AROM and AAROM activities
Cardiovascular endurance by using level ground ambulation, treadmills, upright/recumbent bicycles, upper body ergometers
Functional education, covering over 30 topics of body mechanics for common ADL's, ergonomics, adapative equipment, Home Exercise Programs and much more.

The end result is increased function with everyday activities so that it is easier for patients to walk further, stand and sit in good posture, lift and carry with good body mechanics, and perform household duties with less pain and a greater independence. 


Behavioral Medicine Division
Structured Group and Individual 

Chronic pain conditions are devastating and overwhelming. Be it the pain and ongoing physical deterioration itself, or the Impact of the condition on your life with (job loss, primary role disturbance, financial instability, dependency on others)
Psychological factors such as mood, fear-avoidance and beliefs about pain and personal coping style can play a critical role in the actual experience of chronic pain and have been directly linked to pain severity and degree of disability.
Our Behavioral Medicine Division led by Jane Goldberg, MFT, PhD. provides comprehensive behavioral services with the singular goal of helping you become whole again. Through our EBM lectures, workshops and strategic sessions you will learn how to break out of the self-propelling cycle of pain, depression, loss, and fear and reclaim your life.
Classes include:
Sleep Hygiene, Activity Pacing, Anxiety, Setting Boundaries, Communication and Pain, Anger and Stress Management, Mindfulness Training, Optimistic thinking, Fear of reinjury, Flare-up management, Goals Setting, Relaxation Training, Self-care, setting Boundaries, creating a Mission Statement, Substance Misuse, Motivational Interviewing.


Art Therapy

Patients learn to trust themselves in the process of creating: with its insistence on letting go of control and surrendering to the wonderful state of flow that brings centering, joy, self-confidence and peace.


Wellness Therapy

Yoga Therapy begins with breathing and relaxation techniques. Then we identify imbalances and build physical strength so that you can return to balance with optimum health and harmony.


Transitional Step Down (TSD)

The Transitional Step-Down program is an interdisciplinary goal oriented program designed specifically for FRP graduates that reinforces and strengthens the coping skills that they attained in the Functional Restoration Program.


Additional Services

Additional services upon need:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Vocational counseling
  • Guest lectures
  • After Care


Orange County Pain and Wellness is affilated with the Newport Beach Headache and Pain Center- offering a full spectrum of care specializing in the treatment of:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Trigeminal nerve pain
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migranes

Main Office: (949) 999-3631 | Fax: 714-972-0906

OC Pain and Wellness © 2018 | E-mail: SAlvarado@OCPain.com
OC Pain and Wellness is part of: Newport Beach Headache and Pain