The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a leading national public health institute of the United States, recently published recommendations for the treatment of chronic pain, specifically highlighting non-drug treatments.
Chronic pain is a massively debilitating, complex medical, psychological, and social challenge. This “unsung demon” affects over 100 million Americans and costs the United States in excess of half a trillion dollars each. It is medical insofar as it involves tissues and neurons; psychological insofar as it effects and is effected by emotions, relationships, memory and cognitions; and social in that it limits or cripples our activities, relationships, and livelihoods.
An Individualized Approach
Chronic pain is difficult to treat because of its individual, complex and subjective nature. Since we cannot mechanically measure it, research has been limited. Every person experiences chronic pain in a different way and so we must customize every treatment uniquely. Research over the last 30 years has shown that chronic pain is due to changes in the central nervous system as well as injured tissues. Because of this multifaceted, personal nature of pain, conventional medical specialization often does not produce good results. That is why at Pain Partners Colorado, we use a multidisciplinary approach tailored to your unique needs. We address the physical and psychological aspects of pain to eliminate or decrease it and restore your independent functioning and quality of life as quickly as possible.