Clinical Practice  |   May 2017
An Osteopathic Approach to Chronic Pain Management
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  •  *Address correspondence to John A. Jerome, PhD, Lansing Neurosurgery and Compass Rehabilitation Center, 250 E Saginaw St, East Lansing, MI 48823-2740. E-mail: jjerome505@aol.com
     
Article Information
Pain Management/Palliative Care / Opioids
Clinical Practice   |   May 2017
An Osteopathic Approach to Chronic Pain Management
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 306-314. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.056
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 306-314. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.056
Abstract

Chronic pain reduces quality of life and productivity, costing billions in health care dollars and lost revenue. Physicians routinely prescribe opioids, which has led to opioid addiction and overdose. The US surgeon general recommends nonpharmacologic treatment for patients with chronic pain. A paradigm shift is necessary for patients to partner with physicians to take control of their own health. This article outlines the cognitive behavioral approaches, nonopioid therapies, and nonpharmacologic therapies that osteopathic physicians can integrate in their treatment of patients with chronic pain.

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