What is chronic pain?
Pain is the body's way of telling you that something is wrong. While it is normal for the body to send pain signals when injured or ill, pain that lingers after an illness or injury is not normal. In some cases, pain can continue for weeks, months or years after recovery. Pain that continues for three months or longer is considered chronic pain. In addition, some people develop chronic pain out of the blue, with no injury or illness to trigger pain signals.
Chronic pain can occur anywhere in the body and can range from mild and annoying to pain so severe that it interferes with mood and ability to function.
How RIC helps people with chronic pain
The RIC Center for Pain Management is a unique, dedicated outpatient facility that serves as the cornerstone of RIC's chronic pain management services. The Center for Pain Management provides comprehensive services to help and support people whose functional abilities have been diminished due to chronic pain. RIC offers services for individuals with neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), pain associated with rehabilitation diagnoses and chronic headache.
Learn about RIC's Center for Pain Management Location
Chronic pain research studies at RIC
RIC is a leader in research, and we conduct several studies in chronic pain. If you qualify as a subject for one of our studies and are interested in participating, you can apply or learn more by visiting the Center for Pain Studies online.
Learn more about participating in research studies
Living with chronic pain
RIC can connect you to a rich network of community services, organizations, individuals and support groups that will empower chronic pain survivors to share their experiences and connect with peers to improve their quality of life.