Overview

Overview

Untreated chronic pain can disturb your everyday life and affect everything from relationships to your self-esteem and career. This holistic approach to coping with chronic pain aims to provide you with tools and skills to help you take control of your life. 

Patients will be evaluated by an integrative medicine physician and receive a treatment plan that is tailored to them and may include the following specialties:

  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Health Coaching

Treatment can be delivered via individual appointments and/or via Shared Medical Appointment (SMA).

Living Well with Chronic Pain SMA

A series of group visits that provide acupuncture, guided meditation, stretching exercises and treatment in combination with education on healthy nutrition, sleep, physical activity and stress management habits associated with better health.

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Functioning for Life® - Pain Management

Functioning for Life® is a robust 10-week program of shared medical appointments designed for chronic disease management. Disease-specific programs have been developed and patients can select the series that is right for them. The pain management track focuses on conditions such as chronic migraine, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and minor back pain. Patients will also have access to individualized support and on-going communication with members of their care team throughout the 10-week program.

Learn more about Functioning for Life®

What We Treat

What We Treat

The Holistic Pain Management Program is designed to help patients cope who are living with chronic pain. Chronic pain does not look the same in everyone. Chronic pain is pain that lasts for over three months and may be constant or come and go.

Chronic pain includes:

  • Arthritis, or other joint problem (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriatic arthritis).
  • Neck, upper or lower back pain.
  • Cancer related pain.
  • Headaches, including migraines.
  • Fibromyalgia , a condition that causes muscle pain all over.
  • Chronic pain syndrome.
  • Chronic pain due to repetitive injuries or scars.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Neuropathic pain (diabetes).
  • Complex Regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Chronic pain may feel like:

  • Aching.
  • Burning.
  • Shooting.
  • Squeezing.
  • Stiffness.
  • Stinging.
  • Throbbing.

Chronic pain can lead to other symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Fatigue.
  • Insomnia.
  • Mood swings.
What to Expect

What to Expect

Our Holistic Pain Management Program is designed to be tailored to the needs of each patient and will begin with a consultation. Once our Integrative Medicine Physician assesses your needs, you will be scheduled for a series of follow-up appointments with the appropriate specialties.

Consultation

You can schedule with, or your physician will refer you to an Integrative Medicine Physician for a virtual or in-person consultation. At this consultation the physician will conduct an assessment with an intensive review of your past medical history, current chronic pain issue and your desired outcomes. Together with the physician you will develop your treatment plan and a sequence of appointments.

Next steps

Your Holistic Pain Management Program may include visits with the following providers over a period of months:

  • Holistic Psychotherapy — Holistic psychotherapy can help people cope with the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that accompany chronic pain. They can guide you to develop new ways to think about problems and manage stressful situations.
  • Acupuncture — Acupuncture has been effectively used for more than 3,000 years to treat pain and improve overall health. It can reduce inflammation and release the body’s natural painkillers.
  • Chiropractic Care — Chiropractic care is designed to correct the misalignment that can contribute to pain and inflammation.
  • Osteopathic Manipulation — Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) a hands-on approach to musculoskeletal disorders that is used to help correct structural imbalances in your body, improve circulation and relieve pain.
  • Physical Therapy — Physical Therapy will utilize exercises that stretch and strengthen your body to reduce your pain.
  • Nutrition — There is proven correlation between inflammation and pain. Will discuss simple steps to move away from inflammatory foods like ultra-processed foods and sweetened drinks to healthy eating patterns that include plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and nuts.
  • Health Coach — Professionally trained Health and Wellbeing Coaches support patients in generating motivation and clarity for their personal wellness vision, setting realistic SMART goals to go from knowing to doing, and strengthening habits and routines to promote sustained lifestyle change.

Patient follow-up

After you have completed a sequence of specialist provider appointments, you will return for a follow-up visit with the Integrative Medicine physician.

Insurance

The components of this program are covered by most insurance plans. Participants are responsible for insurance copays for each appointment. Please check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

Holistic Pain Management appointments are currently available at main campus or may be available virtually. Please call 216.448.4325, option 1.

Locations

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44195

The Center For Functional Medicine at Main Campus is located in Q Building, Desk Q2.

Parking

Discounted parking is available by contacting the Cleveland Clinic Parking office at 216.444.2255.

If you are parking at Main Campus, we recommend parking in the P2 parking garage located on the corner of Carnegie and E. 100th Street.

FAQs

FAQs

Will I have to leave my primary care physician?

No, you will keep your own primary care physician and healthcare team. The Integrative Medicine Physician is a consultant that will work in collaboration with your primary care physician.

Will I have to stop taking pain medication to participate in this program?

No, This comprehensive program is for the management of chronic pain conditions will complement your current treatment plan. This program can be used on its own or in combination with conventional treatment plans that may include medication, injections, or surgery. The integrative Medicine physician may suggest over the counter vitamins and supplement and will not add, stop or refill your current prescription pain medications.

Is Functional Medicine covered by insurance?

Physician visits are covered by most insurance plans except for Medicaid and Medicaid HMOs. Coverage for visits with the nutritionist are determined by your insurance plan and medical necessity. Additional costs may include specialized lab tests, some of which may be covered by insurance, and supplements. You will talk with a Patient Financial Advocate to review your coverage prior to your appointment.