One in four Americans - 75 million people, live in chronic, debilitating pain. Many have endured years of agony and undergone two or more failed surgeries seeking pain relief. 50 million are partially or completely disabled.
Chronic pain accounts for more than 80 percent of all physician visits, and yet the majority of providers have little or no training in multidimensional pain medicine and management (National Pain Foundation, 2004)
Pain costs the nation an estimated $70 billion a year in medical claims, disability payments and lost productivity.
Despite the physical and financial toll, millions of people suffer needlessly, unaware of effective pain management options.
The Program for Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue is designed to help individuals reduce and/or eliminate pain, suffering and regain a sense of control and well-being. The Program integrates the leading advances in mind/body behavioral medicine with regard to health, symptoms and pain reduction. By engaging in these practices, patients are on the cutting-edge of healthcare.
The Mind/Body medical program has become a treatment of choice for increasing numbers of individuals suffering from chronic pain and work related injuries, and is clinically proven to improve complex, interacting pain, fatigue and related symptoms, including decreasing stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Typically, individuals living with chronic pain suffer from numerous related symptoms, including:
Pain in the head, neck, back, shoulders and extremities
Chronic fatigue, and feeling easily drained of energy
Individuals who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome experience a variety of symptoms including debilitating fatigue, headaches, muscle tenderness, sleep disturbance, fever, sore throat, skin rashes and difficulty concentrating. Behavioral medicine techniques are highly effective in reducing suffering from these symptoms.
Generally, after completing a multidimensional (also known as a mind/body medical) pain program, patients are able to significantly lower the frequency, intensity and in other cases eliminate their pain and fatigue altogether depending on the underlying causes.
Clinical outcomes demonstrate that:
Between 62% and 90% of patients completing a M/B program seek no additional treatment for their pain 3-12 months following discharge ( Journal of Neurosurgery, 1976; Southern Medical Journal 1985; San Diego M/BHI, 2004).
Over 65% of patients completing a mind/body medicine program remain medication free at 1 year follow up (Journal of Neurosurgery, 1976; Southern Medical Journal, 1985; San Diego M/BHI 2004).
Up to 73% of patients completing a mind/body (M/B) behavioral health program for pain decrease opioid use (Arch Phys Med Rehab, 1981; San Diego Mind/Body Health Initiative, 2004).
Lower back pain patients treated by behavioral medicine require far fewer hospitalizations and less surgery by 36% (Neurosurgery, 1989; Clinical Journal of Pain, 1991; San Diego M/BHI, 2004).
73% of patients who received a behavioral medicine treatment in addition to medical care reported improvement in their chronic fatigue, compared to 27% who were given only routine medical care.
70% of patients who received behavioral medicine treatment achieved substantial improvement in physical functioning and maintained improvement at six months follow-up.
Those more severely impaired with chronic fatigue may nearly triple the likelihood of improvement with the use of behavioral medicine interventions.