Is This The Type of Pain Management Clinic That You Want To Go To? I received a booklet from a large hospital advertising their many services. One of them was their Pain Management Center. If you are considering going to a Pain Management Center or Clinic, this article describes what the goal of this particular center is like. Pain Management Centers help people with chronic pain with treatments such as: • physical therapy • coping strategies such as self-monitoring and self regulation • relaxation training and symptom substitution • spinal injections • minor medical procedures • medications, the majority of which are NON-narcotic The Pain Management Center provides expert evaluation and treatment for a variety of conditions including: • headaches and migraines • myofascial pain (pain caused by trigger points, or hard nodules in muscle tissue) • spinal degeneration • neck and shoulder, lower back or pelvic and abdominal discomfort • post-surgical or cancer pain • nerve injuries • carpal tunnel syndrome • repetitive stress injury • chronic pain syndromes Pain Management Centers will often use a multidisciplinary approach of treating chronic pain, having physicians who represent a broad spectrum of medical disciplines including: • physiatry (the branch of medicine that deals with restoring function for a person who has been disabled as a result of a disease, disorder, or injury) • neurology • anesthesiology • psychology • physical therapists and nurses specially trained in pain management A Pain Management Center’s objective is to form a treatment plan to give patients the maximum ability to function, because there is not really any cure for chronic pain. Interesting facts from The American Pain Foundation: • Only an estimated 1 in 4 of those with pain receives proper treatment. • 1 in 3 American adults loses more than 20 hours of sleep each month because of pain. • Pain costs an estimated $100 Billion each year. • Lost workdays due to pain add up to more than 50 Million days a year. • A third of Americans will experience chronic pain at some point in their lives. • Approximately 50 million Americans LIVE WITH CHRONIC PAIN. • Pain is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. Now, is the description of the above Pain Management Center what you expected that a pain center was? Would you be disappointed to go to a center that just follows the above treatment plans? Have you been to a center or clinic like the above? Or, have you been to a “Pain Management Doctor” who solely prescribes narcotic pain meds? Which type of center/clinic/doctor do you feel would serve us the best?