Providing short-term and long-term outpatient treatment for adults who have found that conventional medications-based treatments alone are not effective in controlling their pain.
What to Expect
Living with chronic pain can affect every aspect of your life, from your ability to work and maintain relationships to shopping for food and making the bed. Chronic pain can arise for many reasons, including:
- back pain from herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and other problems
- joint pain from arthritis
- disorders such as fibromyalgia
- neuropathy (nerve pain)
- past injuries.
Unlike acute pain, the severity of chronic pain is not related to the amount of damage to the body. This pain does not serve a protective function and may cause significant impairment in daily life. Long term use of opioids, and other pain medications, can make the brain more sensitive to these signals, further increasing the experience of pain.
While traditional pain management programs depend on powerful medications and other strategies to relieve pain, our program seeks to help patients tap into the innate power of the mind-body connection. We do this through a variety of proven techniques including:
- mindful movement/Tai Chi, breathing
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- relaxation training using biofeedback
- daily activity planning
- mindfulness and guided visualization.
Chronic pain is generally considered pain that lasts for more than six months. It can be mild or excruciating, constant or episodic, inconvenient or debilitating.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, and it can take a huge toll on people both physically and emotionally.
Chronic pain can originate from an injury (a fall, for example), an infection, or an illness (cancer, for example). Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of past injury or illness.
It's possible to suffer chronic pain stemming from two or more sources at one time.
Chronic pain is often associated with conditions including:
- lower back problems
- nerve damage
- multiple sclerosis.