Chronic Pain Center

About Our Program

If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, you know the most important thing is to find relief.

St. Jude Medical Center's Chronic Pain Center has one of California's most innovative and successful programs, and helps patients of all ages to break the cycle of chronic pain and reclaim their quality of life. Our highly trained specialists successfully treat chronic pain conditions ranging from fibromyalgia, debilitating headaches and migraines, to severe back pain. We are also the only accredited children and adolescent program in California for ages eight and over. It is this multidisiciplinary expertise that has made us a leader in restoring health and wellness to those surffering from chronic pain.

We target both the physical effects of and emotional responses to chronic pain with individualized programs. While most pain management programs focus just on medications, our comprehensive approach involves highly trained specialists from clinical psychology, biofeedback, interventional anesthesiology, nutrition, pharmacy, and rehabilitation medicine, as well as orthopaedics, physiatry, and physical, occupational and recreational therapy.

The physical aspects of chronic pain or addressed through physical and occupational therapy, interventional procedures, medication management, nutrition and pain-reducing strategies. Equally important, we treat the emotional responses to pain—such as depression and anxiety—with psychological counseling, biofeedback, stress management, and support groups.

The length of the program is based on a patient's unique needs; however, the average program lasts eight to ten weeks, with three to five visits a week. Visits typically last two to five hours.

Our Chronic Pain Center's individualized, comprehensive pain management program includes:

Patient Participation

Working in partnership with the patient and family, we initiate goal setting, daily journaling, patient/ family and team conferences, ongoing assessment and aftercare program options.

Medical Management

We conduct a thorough medical history and physical examination to determine whether medication management, injections and/or additional medical intervention is appropriate.

Physical Management

To relieve the physical aspects of chronic pain, our specialists provide:

  • Education, to support patients in independently managing pain
  • Therapeutics, including a home exercise program
  • Functional restoration to help you return to your life
  • Modification and tolerance training

Psychosocial Management

Relief of chronic pain also involves other pain management approaches, such as:

  • Psychological counseling
  • Biofeedback
  • Stress management
  • Individual, group or family therapy
  • Overcoming negative emotional experiences, such as depression, helplessness, hopelessness, guilt, anxiety, anger, fear and frustration

Upon completion of our program, patients may participate in a relapse prevention component called the Masters Program. Classes are offered in the areas of pool, recreation, meditation, nutrition and a pain lecture series. These classes offer opportunities to maintain social connections as well as reinforcing structure and support.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (714) 578-8712 or (714) 578-8716. We are located on the first floor of the St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness, 2767 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, CA 92821.

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Conditions Treated

We successfully treat many types of pain, including:

  • Back
  • Head
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Post-Surgical Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Headaches and Migraines

Left untreated, the effects of persistent pain can be devastating. For over 30 years, our compassionate and highly skilled interdisciplinary team has been assisting chronic pain sufferers in reactivation and developing more purposeful and quality lives.

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Our Physicians

Our Pain Management Team includes the specialties of interventional anesthesiology, rehabilitation medicine, pharmacy, clinical psychology, as well as biofeedback, occupational and physical therapy and nutrition. We offer the latest treatment options as well as a full range of services to meet the specific needs of each patient.

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