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What is Chronic Pain?

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. (Definition from the American Chronic Pain Association)

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

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

17W682 Butterfield Road
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois