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The Section of Pain Medicine staff is dedicated to working with patients who have chronic pain to help minimize their suffering and restore their ability to take joy from life while contributing to it. The program will provide comprehensive specialized care to people experiencing chronic pain utilizing an interdisciplinary team approach. To these ends, the team works in a compassionate way to help people to exceed their perceived limitations, eliminate harmful behaviors, and replace them with healthy living.
The Pain Medicine team agrees to:
Treatment success requires that patients:
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.
The Section of Pain Medicine evaluates and treats a variety of pain disorders and chronic pain issues. We have expertise in:
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 pain and stress management, including the use of biofeedback. An intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation program is recommended for those with high levels of pain, suffering and functional impairment, and may vary in intensity from inpatient care to a few hours a day of outpatient care.
View Cleveland Clinic's Section of Pain Medicine treatment guide.
Because chronic pain affects so many aspects of an individual's life, it is appropriate that the treatment team be equally comprehensive. The team includes experts in pain management, biofeedback training, physical and occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation, nursing, nutrition and psychotherapy.
Treatment is provided in the W.O. Walker Center with modern pool, exercise equipment and electronic biofeedback equipment. When hospitalization is required, patients are admitted to Cleveland Clinic and transported to the Walker Center for program activities.
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Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Department: Center for Neuro-Restoration
Abdominal Pain, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Intractable, Headaches, Interstitial Cystitis | Pelvic Pain, Spine Pain
Type of Doctor: Adults Only
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Back Pain, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Coping With Chronic Medical Conditions, Depression, Fibromyalgia
Location(s): Strongsville Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Abdominal Pain, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Intractable, Headaches, Interstitial Cystitis | Pelvic Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia
University of Heidelberg Medical Faculty
Abdominal Pain, Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Back Pain in Athletes, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic Headaches, Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
Kent State University
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For general questions about treatment options or the Section of Pain Medicine, call the unit at 216.444.2423 or 800.223.2273 ext. 42423.
For questions related to insurance or reimbursement, call the Admissions Coordinator at 216.444.5433 or 800.223.2273 ext. 45433.
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