Chronic pain can cause severe emotional and interpersonal distress and may contribute to the development of other medical and mental health conditions. Doctors at The Clinic, with convenient locations in Palo Alto, San Jose, the Pacific Heights neighborhood and Financial District of San Francisco, California, help patients suffering from chronic pain manage symptoms and reclaim their quality of life. The Clinic will also soon service patients out of its new Berkeley and Marin locations.
Pain results when a signal from the body reaches the pain centers in the brain. Suffering happens only after the brain interprets this signal as being dangerous or unbearable. When living with chronic pain, the pain signals are often relatively constant but the suffering can grow in intensity. Over time these brain pathways may strengthen causing an increase in pain and suffering.
While most pain signals originate in the body, they must travel to the brain to register as conscious pain. There are neurological channels that carry these signals in the spinal cord. When you are angry, frustrated, worried, or sad, these channels are wide open, leading to an exacerbation of pain perception. If you can learn to manage your emotions and re-engage in a life worth living, you can narrow these channels and reduce your pain.
Optimal pain management often involves both pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions. In close collaboration with your pain management team, our clinicians provide techniques and interventions that can help patients who are suffering from chronic pain take charge of their healing process. Our effective treatment options can be used in conjunction with pain medications or as stand-alone therapies.
Pain Therapy is goal-oriented and time-limited. You and your provider will work together to identify what you want out of treatment; interventions will be tailored to help you meet those goals. You will learn practical coping skills to help manage your pain. You will make safe and gradual life changes that will result in feeling and living better.
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