A Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Chronic Pain

While there are a variety of options available to treat chronic pain, it usually cannot be cured, only managed.6 There isn’t one right way to treat pain.6

Approaches to Pain Management6,7

PHYSICAL THERAPY

SPINAL MANIPULATION

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY

ACUPUNCTURE

PAIN MEDICATION
(RX AND OTC)

Managing Chronic Pain

The pain experience is individual. Chronic pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain as “a persistent pain that is not amenable, as a rule, to treatments based upon specific remedies or to the routine methods of pain control.”8 It’s a serious medical condition that may greatly affect people leaving them unable to work, maintain relationships, or participate in daily tasks.1

Chronic pain can affect anyone. The Institute of Medicine estimated that 100 million American adults are impacted by chronic pain, which includes people who reported having “severe pain, moderate pain, joint pain, arthritis, or functional limitation.”1

The Role of Opioids in Chronic Pain Management

Prescription pain medications, such as opioids, may be an appropriate treatment option for people whose chronic pain is not adequately managed by other methods.2 Opioids are an important option for the treatment of certain types of chronic pain.9