A central tenet of chronic pain rehabilitation is that what initially caused your pain is often not now the only thing that's maintaining your pain on a chronic course. Let’s unpack this important statement. It’s no accident that healthcare providers commonly refer to chronic pain syndromes as complex chronic pain or complicated chronic pain.
When going to a pain clinic, there is one thing that patients should always keep in mind: It’s that not all pain clinics are alike.
More often than not, patients are referred to one type of clinic or another, without knowing that there are different types of clinics with different ways of treating chronic pain. Moreover, the different types of clinics are not all similarly effective. Research on the effectiveness of different types of common treatments for chronic pain show wide variations in how effective they are.