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Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program

Understanding chronic pain.

The American Pain Society has designated Cleveland Clinic's Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program as a 2012 Clinical Center of Excellence. This designation was awarded to only five pain programs across the county this year. The award recognizes Cleveland Clinic's program for its outstanding performance in collecting and reporting patient outcomes data as well as incorporating a substance abuse education track as part of the program.

For individuals with unresolved chronic pain, we may recommend either inpatient or outpatient therapy in our Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program. In any case, a Pain Medicine Specialist will discuss and carefully explain the treatment plan to patient and family.

About the program

Through this specialized service, the Section of Pain Medicine reaches out to individuals who are physically and emotionally impaired by their pain. This unique three-to, four-week program is intensive and interdisciplinary, with day-long clinics focused on physical rehabilitation, stress and pain control regimens, and medication management, including weaning from all opioids, benzodiazepines and other addictive substances regardless of any chemical dependency diagnosis. The comprehensive approach helps jump-start participants’ long-term management of chronic pain.

The program is outpatient only, offering day care treatments and patients spend evenings at home or in a lodging facility. Twenty-four-hour-a-day care is required for those who are most severely disabled, who are in need of medication adjustment, or whose depression or medical condition requires closer observation. Lodging is available on campus or at a local hotel for our patients.

The usual length of stay for the program is three-and-a-half weeks. Actual time in treatment varies, depending on progress and goals.


Among the many services the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program offers are:

  • physical and occupational therapy
  • functional capacity evaluation to determine work ability
  • coping skills training, including group and individual cognitive behavioral therapy
  • individual and group therapy to reduce depression, anxiety, anger and other emotions that result from pain and make it worse
  • innovative relaxation therapy and other mind-body exercises
  • monitored weaning of addictive substances
  • addiction education, if needed

After completing the program, individuals can also choose to continue with the Section of Pain Medicine’s follow-up services.