OJD  Vol.10 No.1 , February 2021
Case Report: A 10 Weeks Diversional Therapy as an Adjunct to Managing Chronic Pain Associated with Depression
Abstract: Background: Pain is the most common reason for physician consultation, it can interfere with the quality of life and general functioning. The Global Burden of Disease study (2016) states that pain and pain-related diseases are the leading cause of disability and disease burden globally. Chronic pain over time can affect our mental health and participation in daily activities viz our affecting general well-being. Documented evidence has shown that simple medications are useful in 20% to 70% of cases but psychological factors such as social support, hypnotic suggestion, diversions such as excitement, or distraction can significantly affect pain’s intensity. For holistic care, diversional therapy can be effective in managing chronic pain, as it is a safe and cheap adjunct in managing chronic conditions. Objective: To explore the effect of diversional therapy as an adjunct in managing chronic pain associated with depression. Methodology: This study involves a case report of two patients been managed as a case of cervical spondylosis with radiculopathy associated with depression. Both patients had diversional therapy as an adjunct to conventional physiotherapy. Activity log and chart were developed to monitor the compliance and pain was monitored using the numeric rating scale. Result: Diversional therapy has shown to be a safe adjunct in managing chronic pain associated with depression. Diversional therapy was successfully used as an intervention in decreasing pains of the patients, improving their functioning and participation in activities of daily living. Conclusion/Recommendation: Diversional therapy was found to be a safe adjunct for managing chronic pain-associated depression and consequently reduced the side effect of prolonged medication use. Therefore, diversional therapy should be explored in managing cervical spondylosis with radiculopathy and depression.
Cite this paper: Umeaku, O. , Ehimen, F. and Opogah, C. (2021) Case Report: A 10 Weeks Diversional Therapy as an Adjunct to Managing Chronic Pain Associated with Depression. Open Journal of Depression, 10, 14-27. doi: 10.4236/ojd.2021.101002.

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