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Published on June 09, 2008

RIC Responds to America's Pain Epidemic Through Expansion of the RIC Center for Pain Management

Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility on North Michigan Ave

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The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), ranked the nation’s “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America”[1], today announced the expansion and relocation of its RIC Center for Pain Management to 980 N. Michigan Ave., positioned to serve the estimated one out of every three Americans who suffers from chronic pain[2].

Chronic pain defined as persistent pain lasting longer than three months, can greatly affects a person’s physical, emotional and social health and impede the ability to function in daily life. Through an interdisciplinary model and customized treatment plans, experts at RIC provide the tools and treatments to empower patients to learn how to manage their pain and regain their quality of life. The expanded RIC Center for Pain Management will allow approximately 2,500 patients to participate in this novel outpatient program each year – more than twice as many than at the former facility.

"The RIC Center for Pain Management teaches patients techniques to manage their pain and ultimately regain a functional life," said Steven Stanos, D.O. “The new facility will allow our team to treat more patients and incorporate state-of-the-art equipment and techniques into our comprehensive interdisciplinary approach care.”

In addition to comprehensive pain evaluations and therapies, the RIC Center for Pain Management provides pain psychology including cognitive and behavioral interventions, vocational rehabilitation, ongoing clinical outcomes research and pharmacologic trials. Additionally, the new facility features multimedia capabilities for educational outreach programs, Web-based team conferencing and case management and a dedicated satellite facility for RIC’s Center for Pain Studies which will allow patients access to the latest research discoveries and groundbreaking advances in pain management.

“The RIC Center for Pain Management is utilizing outcome research and discovery-based evidence to enhance its treatment of pain and to restore function and enhance the quality of life for people living with chronic pain conditions,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., president and CEO, RIC. “The expansion and alignment of pain research exploration will position the RIC Center for Pain Management for future growth.”

One Patient’s Experience

Former RIC Center for Pain Management patient Carolyn Martinez participated in the full day “boot camp” program for four weeks when fibromyalgia caused her extreme pain and caused her from playing with her grandkids, working out and enjoying her life.

“On a scale of one to ten, my pain was a ten. I would get shooting pains down my arms, the back of the neck, constant headaches, shoulders, hips and front of thighs,” she said. “The pain was so intense I could hardly sleep.”

After four weeks at the full day pain program, Carolyn regained the ability to walk, cook and play with her grandkids. She also returned to work and walks each day. “For me, this is a miracle. It is phenomenal,” she said.

Details on the RIC Center for Pain Management

RIC’s Center for Pain Management offers a full-day “boot camp” program which runs for four weeks and is designed to help decrease pain, improve mood, restore normal sleep patterns, maximize function and enhance overall quality of life. It also offers a half-day program and individual therapy and treatment appointments for services such as spinal injections.

The new RIC Center for Pain Management includes an expanded gym for physical and occupational therapy, aerobic and functional capacity testing equipment and dedicated space and equipment for biofeedback and relaxation training. There are also expanded interdisciplinary patient treatment areas including a fully equipped Activities of Daily Living kitchen and patient lounge.

Conditions treated at the RIC Center for Pain Management include:

  • Low-back and neck pain
  • Myofascial pain and fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndromes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Post-traumatic and post-surgical pain conditions
  • Spine-related pain
  • Arthritis
  • Pain of unknown origin

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is making a difference in the world for people with disabilities.  RIC provides world-class care to patients from around the globe for a range of conditions from acute brain and spinal cord injury to chronic arthritis, pain and sports injuries.  RIC, founded in1954, has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991 and attributes its leading standard of care in part to its innovative research and

discovery, particularly in the areas of bionic medicine, robotics, neural regeneration, pain care and better outcomes. RIC operates its 165-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago , as well as a network of 30 sites of care located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs that provide additional inpatient care, day rehabilitation and outpatient services. RIC also maintains strategic alliances with leading healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and Indiana.

[1] U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIC the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America ” every year since 1991.

[2] The American Pain Society