Studies have shown that comprehensive (interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary) pain treatment that addresses the biopsychosocial aspects of the chronic pain experience is not only more clinically effective than conventional medical treatment by itself, it’s also more cost-efficient.
It’s no wonder the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the National Academy of Sciences, and the US Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force all recommend comprehensive treatment for chronic pain.
I was blessed to be able to attend the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center in Rochester Minnesota - not just once, but twice. I highly recommend the program to anyone interested in talking an active role in managing their own care. It was a life changer for me. Read about my time at Mayo Clinic.
Other programs are available. I've included some of them in the Resources tab of this website.
You could me missing out on two-thirds of your potential pain treatment. Get the whole story.
Think of pain management as a three-legged stool.
Each leg represents one of the three components of pain: biological, psychological, and social. All three components are important to treatment.
If one or more of the legs is missing, the stool will topple. And treatment won’t be as successful.
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Pain rehabilitation goes beyond medicine and medical interventions – and crosses different disciplines. It doesn’t just focus on removing the pain. It focuses on the patient and how they can play a role in their own pain management – improving function and quality of life.
It’s a proven approach – benefiting patients while reducing costs and reliance on the medical system.
Having gone through the 3-week outpatient Mayo Pain Rehabilitation Center, at the recommendation of both my family doctor and a general surgeon, I can personally attest to the value of a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to pain rehabilitation.
Do I still have pain? Of course, I do. But I’ve learned to live well, despite the pain.
Ready about my experience at Mayo.
Chronic Pain Champions is an information resource/blog/support group to help chronic pain patients, their families, and friends, as well as healthcare professionals. Learn more about this site and the author.
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