Patient Information about the Center for Pain Medicine

Chronic pain is a persistent problem that is likely to affect almost everyone, directly or indirectly, at some point in their lives. At the Center for Pain Medicine, we use the latest technology and scientific evidence to help reduce suffering among those who are experiencing pain.

Chronic pain affects far more than the physical body. The stress of coping with pain can cause depression, disrupt sleep and the ability to perform one’s job, lower self-esteem, and strain relationships with family and friends.

Even when there is a known cause for chronic pain, it can still be challenging to find a cure. There are, however, treatments that can reduce pain, and techniques that can help a person cope.

Many of our patients say that learning more about various ways in which pain can be managed, and hearing stories from patients who have found relief through the Center for Pain Medicine, have been empowering.

Christopher J. Gilligan, MD, Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, discusses the types of patients who can benefit from seeing a specialist in the Center for Pain Medicine.

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