Primary care doctors struggle to manage their patients' pain. Pain physicians are hard to find and often have very long waitlists. For every physician certified in pain care, there are more than 27,000 Americans living
with chronic pain. We gathered the best and made them available here.
All physical therapists say they work with pain, but most don't treat chronic pain differently from acute pain. If physical therapy hasn't helped you previously, that's likely why. And if you're skeptical about virtual physical therapy, research has shown it is just as effective as in person visits.
Including pain psychology does NOT mean the pain is psychological. The pain is very real. Psychology for pain can be helpful since anxiety & depression often go hand-in-hand with pain. Similarly, they teach you pain neuroscience Education since the way you think about and approach your pain affects your pain experience.
Our pain coaches first become certified health & wellness coaches and then are provided with advanced training and certification in chronic pain management. Through weekly group and individual sessions, your coach will guide you towards tools you can use to calm your nervous system and approach pain differently.
Following 3 one-on-one evaluations with your new physician, physical therapist, and psychologist, they get into a virtual room together and discuss your case. (This rarely happens in health systems today.) Together, they discuss barriers for progress and create your initial "personalized pain plan."
Your weekly one-on-one half hour is your chance to delve further into the week's lesson or whatever is most critical to your own progress. You develop a collaborative relationship with your coach who helps you meet your goals and advance through the program.
Each week, you will meet with your coach and 4-6 other Global Pain Center participants to discuss the week's lesson and check in with each other. Our clients find this to be a nonjudgmental, supportive environment that eases the loneliness and isolation of living with chronic pain.
Sign up and download our mobile app to get started tracking your symptoms, pain, and functional improvements so that you can easily share your progress and setbacks with your care team. We recommend checking in with the app 2-3 times per week.
Whether you need regular physical therapy sessions to improve strength, frequent pain psychology sessions to address automatic negative thoughts, or check-in's with a pain medicine physician to adjust your medication, you can access it all here as needed.
As you progress through our program, your care team updates your personalized pain plan. To make these updates, they evaluate a) your direct messages to them though our platform, b) your symptom tracking on the app, and c) progress reports from your pain coach.
You'll have the hang of our interdisciplinary program in no time. Keep going!