Chronic pain is a complex condition involving physical, psychological, emotional and environmental factors.
A multidisciplinary approach to pain management has been shown to improve the quality of patient care, reduce the use of health care services, and lessen the overall cost of health care.
A multidisciplinary team can include members from the fields of pain medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, neurology, rheumatology, oncology, palliative care, psychology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, social work, chiropractic care, acupuncture and alternative medicine, etc.
Just as there can be many members to the multidisciplinary team, there are also many more modalities that are key to the multidisciplinary approach to pain management such as medication management, physical therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, nerve blocks, surgery, massage, counseling, biofeedback, support groups, spiritual wellness, and alternative treatments just to name a few.
The main goal of pain management is to help you learn how to manage your pain by giving you the appropriate tools from a multidisciplinary approach, so that you can achieve a better quality of life.