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What is Chronic Pain?

An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.

Source: IASP taxonomy

Chronic Pain:

  • Chronic Pain is any pain that continues beyond the expected period of healing for an illness or injury.

  • You can experience pain even if you are no longer ill or if your injuries have healed. 

  • many persons experience pain even in the absence of an apparent cause. 

  • chronic pain has a physiological or neurological basis even when we don’t know what it is.

  • Chronic pain is real.

Definition from the American Chronic Pain Association

Patients who enter Marianjoy’s pain programs often complain of:

  • Significant functional limitations
  • Inability to fulfill work or social obligations
  • Disrupted sleep-wake cycles
  • Strained interpersonal relationships
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Distorted body image

The diagnoses that bring a patient to a chronic pain management program vary, but some of the most common are:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Rib dysfunction
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction
  • Biomechanical spine pain
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic (nerve) pain
  • Chronic headaches

Integrative Pain Treatment Center

What is Chronic Pain?

Full and Half Day Programs

Pain Program Staff

Support Group


Integrative Pain Treatment Center

17W682 Butterfield Road
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

(630) 909-6500 for a doctor appointment

(630) 909-6500 for a physical therapy appointment

Pain Treatment Program - Outcomes

Pain Treatment Program -
Scope of Services

Pain Treatment Program -
Journey to Discharge