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often requires both counseling and medical treatment, because it can have a
wearing effect on both the body and the mind. At
a pain management clinic, you can get multidisciplinary treatment
from a team of specialists, including:
Other specialists, such as
complementary medicine providers, may also be
available in a chronic pain management clinic. These specialists meet to share
information and make sure that care is coordinated.
pain clinics have a stronger emphasis on invasive treatment, such as injections
and surgical procedures, than others. Look for a clinic that offers you a
choice of noninvasive treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Before having an invasive pain treatment, ask your doctor about his or her
experience with that treatment. Also, ask about research that shows how well it works
for your condition.
January 20, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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