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
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.
We conduct a thorough medical history and physical examination to determine
whether medication management, injections and/or additional medical intervention
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
Relief of chronic pain also involves other pain management approaches, such as:
- Psychological counseling
- 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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We successfully treat many types of pain, including:
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Post-Surgical Pain
- 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 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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- Chronic Pain Program Summary
- Chronic Pain Patient Satisfaction