Center for Pain Management Programs - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Chronic Pain Programs

Return to the things you love

Pain can be a part of life. However, if you find yourself changing your lifestyle to accommodate constant pain, pain sensors in your body have likely changed their function from protecting you to preventing you. Pain should not prevent you from doing the things you love. The Center for Pain Management (CPM) has designed intensive, interdisciplinary programs to help you get your body and mind back on track so you can return to your life—regaining your ability to participate in activities at home, at work and for leisure.

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Putting You at the Center of Your Treatment

You will be at the center of your pain management program. The Center for Pain Management coordinates the disciplines of chronic pain management into a single treatment plan so you have all of the best resources to better manage your pain together at one time and location. Your treatment team will consist of the following members:

  • Physicians with a specialty in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain management
  • Pain Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Relaxation Therapists
  • Vocational Rehabilitation specialists
  • Nurses experienced in pain management

Understanding Your Pain is Understanding Your Body

We understand that the source of your pain likely confuses or eludes you. You know where you feel it but you don’t understand why you constantly feel it and why it won’t go away. The source of your pain is often hard to determine and, as such, you feel you can’t control the pain and its effects. However, you can still be in control of your body and the way it functions. Clinicians at CPM will teach you how biological, psychological and social factors can contribute to pain. The team will then teach you self management techniques to address these problems. These invaluable skills will empower you to manage your pain and give you tools to use for a lifetime.

Treatment for Your Lifestyle

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The program focuses on reintegrating you into your usual family, social, vocational, and leisure activities. You will learn various relaxation techniques, occupational therapy strategies and physical therapy exercises that you can apply to your own pain-management program. Vocational rehabilitation can also give you tools to better succeed in and/or return to the workplace. The program will include group-based sessions focused on learning the complexities of pain, movement based techniques, as well as family meetings to help educate your family and empower them to support you in your recovery and progress. You will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned during community activities with the support and supervision of a therapist.

If you are considering a Center for Pain Management program, you are likely experiencing debilitating pain that prevents you from doing your normal activities. Here, at the RIC CPM, we not only treat your body, but also your mindand lifestyle.

Can you Benefit From a Center for Pain Management Program?

If you are experiencing prolonged pain and have not been successful in responding to other treatments, you may benefit from a comprehensive pain management assessment at CPM.

Based on the outcome of your assessment, recommendations will be made for the best treatment plan for you. The Center for Pain Management has various programs, ranging from 1-2 half days per week for a set number of weeks determined at your evaluation, to a full day program taking place over 4 weeks. There are also separate programs designed for adolescents with chronic pain problems.

Chronic pain conditions commonly treated at CPM include: spine related pain (e.g. neck and low back pain), arthritis, myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-surgical and post-traumatic pain, post-amputation pain, and chronic headache.