If you have chronic pain that doesn't respond to standard treatments, we can help.
Our UPMC chronic pain management team will work with you to control or decrease your pain. Our goal is to help you return to your normal activities feeling better.
Doctors define chronic pain as pain that persists or is long-lasting — at least 3 to 6 months. This means pain lasts beyond the expected healing time of an injury or illness.Chronic pain can result from issues like:
Chronic pain can have a huge impact on your physical and emotional well-being. It can affect how you function on a daily basis and your overall quality of life.
Because chronic pain can affect all aspects of your life, your expert care team may include a:
We'll review your issue to decide if chronic pain management is right for you.
Chronic pain includes a wide range of health problems that can have a serious impact on your quality of life.
Some common chronic pain issues we treat at UPMC include:
At UPMC Pain Management, we understand that chronic pain can affect you physically, socially, emotionally, and financially. That's why we also offer combined care.
To manage chronic pain, we use a total approach that may include:
Our specialists will also help you to learn skills to better manage your pain. They work with you to help you increase your level of physical activity and help improve your overall physical fitness.
We designed our physical therapy program for people with chronic pain. We do not typically ask patients to push through pain to exercise.
We use the latest methods to treat chronic pain including:
Being able to better manage pain and function and increase your quality of life are outcomes of pain management. But it isn't always possible to take away your chronic pain 100%.
Our goal is to help you achieve the best results you can.
And because chronic pain management is first and foremost self-management, how involved you are is crucial in your results.
As part of the program, you'll receive a custom treatment plan. This plan will help you learn skills to decrease and manage your pain while you improve function.
During your treatment, you may receive one-on-one:
Our team will help you learn behavioral techniques that can help decrease pain and improve your quality of life.
After your first visit, we'll tell you what we suggest for treatment. Sometimes, we need more time to decide what to advise, and will follow up with you at a later date.
Our suggestions are specific to your pain-related needs, and your treatment plan will likely involve a mix of techniques.
We welcome your feedback. If you don't agree with the suggested treatment plan, we'll work with you to find a plan that you prefer.