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Pain Awareness Month: How the Pain Management Center Changed One Patient’s Life

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After a decade searching for treatment for his chronic pain, Brad finally found the help he needed at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Pain Management Center (PMC).

I’m back to being active, I’m back to working out every day, I’m back to doing things outside, back to driving. Things I thought I would never do again, I’m now doing.

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With a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, biofeedback and more, the PMC helped Brad overcome his obstacles with pain.

“What’s unique about the PMC is their interdisciplinary approach. They tailor the program for your specific interests, your specific injuries, and get you on track,” he said. “The physical therapy, the occupational therapy, all those things come into play in concert with each other."

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“I manage the pain on my own,” Brad said. “I’m back to being active, I’m back to working out every day, I’m back to doing things outside, back to driving. Things I thought I would never do again, I’m now doing.”

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Potential appropriate referrals to the PMC include any person with a diagnosis that continues to include pain beyond the typical expected healing time. Other indications include patients who are not making progress toward improved function; are not working (or for adolescents, have poor school attendance); are not participating in family and community activities; have psychological challenges that are impacting their progress; have consistent pain levels even with the regular use of analgesic or opioid medications; have continued visits to emergency departments or other providers due to pain; and show little to no improvement with surgical or interventional spine procedures.

To learn more about services the PMC provides and how to refer a patient, please contact Jennifer Richert, clinical manager, at jrichert@sralab.org or by phone at 312-238-1249 (Ext. 8-1249).

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