Section of Pain Medicine
Pain touches us all – usually as a warning sign of injury or disease. Pain normally subsides following medical care and recovery. But according to the National Institutes of Health, 40 million Americans are unable to find relief for their pain. It is chronic, without correctable cause, and unresponsive to conventional treatments. It is frequently associated with low back disease, headaches, fibromyalgia or disorders of the nervous system. Such longstanding pain disrupts lives, tears at families, and jeopardizes careers. It causes productive people to withdraw into a downward spiral of anger, depression and despair. They become less mobile, losing strength and flexibility to the point that even minor activities may increase pain.
How We Can Help
To help those with chronic pain break out of this downward cycle and return to more normal lives, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation formed a Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program in 1979. Since then, The Cleveland Clinic's Pain Management staff has helped more than 2,000 people manage their chronic pain. In an attractive and comfortable setting, patients receive comprehensive, individualized care that emphasizes a return to wellness.
Following evaluation, there may be recommendations for treatment in the Section of Pain Medicine or for treatment at home or by other physicians at Cleveland Clinic. Treatment options may include physical rehabilitation, medications, referrals for such interventions as nerve blocks or spinal cord stimulation, and referrals for biofeedback training. An intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation program is recommended for those with high levels of pain, suffering, and functional impairment.
Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program video
To learn more about the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, including treatment and appointment options, please contact our Neurological Center for Pain or Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy department.