Janet King receives care for her scoliosis

Patient Story

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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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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