Many people with persistent pain can successfully manage by using mind/ body techniques on their own. But others need professional help. You can get help from a clinic devoted exclusively to treating pain. Select a clinic that has interdisciplinary facilities that offer personalized treatment tailored to your specific physical and psychological needs.
A study conducted by researchers from University of Pittsburgh and a group of German researchers reviewed 65 studies including about 3,100 pain-clinic patients. The length of treatment varied from several weeks to several months. The clinic patients showed a 56 percent improvement in pain and disability compared with a 14 percent improvement for people in the control groups. The clinic patients also showed significantly less psychological distress and higher levels of increased physical activity and were more likely to return to work.
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