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.
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, despite the pain.
Read about my Mayo experience.
Major pain rehabilitation programs are also available at Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Stanford. Links to these programs are provided here. Local and regional programs may also be available.
If you don't have access to a formal pain program, talk to your doctor about expanding your pain management team in smaller ways, such as by getting a referral for a psychologist, a physical therapist, or other types of providers that you both feel may be helpful. While cost and insurance coverage may be a concern, expanded care is worth looking into and, in some cases, advocating for to get the best overall outcomes.
Learn more about pain rehabilitation.
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.