Pain clinics help with pain by providing a team of medical specialists to provide unique, individually tailored therapy for people suffering from chronic pain, according to WebMD. These therapies can vary but may include medication, massage, physical therapy and nerve blocks.
Pain clinic staff is usually a mix of doctors with various specialties, physical therapists and other medical professionals, notes WebMD. Some clinics specialize in certain types of pain, while others are more general. Pain specialists also sometimes work in hospitals or other more general settings, according to Everyday Health. They often specialize in a particular type of pain, such as neurological pain.
Some pain clinics also offer psychological support, according to WebMD. Chronic pain is emotionally difficult for most people, and it may interfere with their ability to care for themselves or their families. Counseling can provide emotional support and teach relaxation techniques, which can help with pain relief. Some psychiatric medications also help with the physical symptoms of chronic pain. Difficulty sleeping is a common side effect of chronic pain, and some antidepressants can also act as sleep aids.
Physical therapy is also offered at some pain clinics, according to WebMD. It may be directed by physical therapist or by a physiatrist, which is a doctor who focuses on rehabilitation. Physical therapy may include exercises to build strength and flexibility, aquatic therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.