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Do I Need Help Managing my Pain? Answer 5 Quick Questions.

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Everyone has pain but sometimes pain can impact our ability to live our daily lives, especially if it’s persistent or chronic. Take our short quiz and answer yes or no to the following questions to see:

  1. Is your daily function affected by pain?
  2. Are you avoiding activities or social situations because you anticipate pain with these activities?
  3. Have you received many treatments or used multiple medications for your condition with minimal response?
  4. Are you missing school or work due to pain?
  5. Is pain affecting your mood or sleep?

If you responded yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to pain management.

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Pain is complicated — partially because pain changes as it becomes persistent and eventually, in some cases, chronic. As pain changes, it can be harder to manage as it begins to impact more than just your physical symptoms. According to research, the most effective approach to treat complex or chronic pain is through an interdisciplinary program focusing on restoring your function. An interdisciplinary program means your care team (therapists, physicians and psychologists) work together to meet your goals and improve your quality of life.

The Pain Management Center at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab's interdisciplinary approach will help to improve not only your physical but also emotional well-being. These strategies include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Desensitization
  • Graded motor imagery (GMI)
  • Localization
  • Medication management
  • Neurodynamic mobility
  • Pacing strategies
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Sleep modification

All of these strategies are designed to work together to enhance your function and improve your independence while minimizing the use of medications and invasive procedures.

If you're experiencing complex or chronic pain and are ready to make a change, contact us today. Call 312.238.7800 to see if this program is right for you.

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