UTMC takes interdisciplinary approach to chronic pain treatment

Chronic pain is a complex condition that can be frustratingly difficult to treat. It differs from the acute pain we associate with bumps, bruises, cuts, broken bones, or surgery in that it persists long after tissue healing has occurred, and it can even develop in people who have no history of injury. Opioid medications, which can be effective in treating acute pain, proved to be woefully inappropriate for managing chronic pain, as the ongoing crisis of opioid addiction and overdose clearly demonstrates.