Janet King receives care for her scoliosis

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Taking Authority Over Chronic Pain

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Janet King, 59, battled chronic pain spurred by scoliosis and rheumatoid arthritis for more than 35 years. In that time, she endured 12 joint replacements, 27 surgeries and multiple tendon transplants.

In June 2016, Janet received her initial evaluation and enrolled in the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Pain Management (CPM) half day program.

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345 East Superior Street


Pain Management Center

355 East Erie Street
Floor 14
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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Outpatient DayRehab

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Monday–Friday: 7:15 a.m.– 5:30 p.m

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The mission of the Pain Management Center is to provide a supportive, challenging, active care environment for patients experiencing chronic pain. Our program promotes an increase in the level of daily functioning and facilitates a decrease in pain and suffering. We teach life-long pain-management skills through interdisciplinary treatment and encourage patients to better manage their own pain and improve their quality of life.

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As the first interdisciplinary program to be recognized as a Center of Pain Excellence by the American Pain Society, CPM partners with patients to establish effective, long-term pain management techniques to maximize ability and improve quality of life. CPM’s interdisciplinary team of experts includes physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, pain psychologists, relaxation therapists and nursing staff focusing exclusively on pain and its related effects.

Today, Janet feels as though she can take authority over her pain.

“It’s not the boss of me anymore,” she said. “I know how to slow it down. I now have hope.”

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The Pain Management Center provide a supportive, challenging, active care environment for patients experiencing chronic pain using innovative techniques and technology.

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