Managing Chronic Pain

According to the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), "A person with chronic pain is like a car with four flat tires." It's challenging for anything to be right when living with chronic pain.

When seeking treatment for chronic non cancer pain (CNCP), look for healthcare professionals with clinical skills and knowledge to evaluate risk of opioid use disorder (OUD) and offer multi modal care approaches. One or more multi modal treatments, such as physical therapy, exercise, acupuncture, massage, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS), etc. may offer better long term relief from chronic pain without the risk of OUD.  

Some resources and background information:

Patient resources:

Considerations for pain patients with substance use disorder:

Pain management professional resources:

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