A first response to severe pain might be to take medication to help relieve symptoms. While this is effective for acute pain, it is often not effective for many people with persistent pain. When pain is chronic a more comprehensive and active approach is better than relying on prescription pain medication.

Chronic pain is pain that persists for six months or longer due to a wide variety of causes. It can include:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Arthritis
  • Post-injury pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Shingles pain
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain

Eskenazi Health Integrative Pain Program specializes in pain management, rehabilitation and recovery, with the focus on improving quality of life. It offers a variety of treatment options to help individuals manage chronic pain; individuals become stronger and more flexible in body and mind.

Newly referred patients are required to attend Pain School, which is a series of 90-minute classes that meet twice a week for five weeks. The first class of each week includes education and skill development. The second class of the week puts information learned earlier in the week into practice.  Each session of Pain School offers exercises for the body and exercises for the mind. Participants in this program are expected to set daily personally meaningful goals that incorporate new skills learned and practiced during Pain School.

Upon completion of all Pain School sessions, the person will be scheduled a medical evaluation with the physician or nurse practitioner.  The social worker completes an initial psychosocial assessment.  After these full evaluations, the treatment plan is developed and offered.

The program is designed to last six to 10 months; however, length of program time can vary for each individual. Meaningful pain relief and functional improvement comes with frequent practice.  Active participation is required to remain in the program and to achieve the best results.

For more information about this program, call 317.880.0127.

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Treatments performed or taught at the Integrative Pain Program include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Cognitive-behavioral training
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Counseling
  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger point injections
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Large joint and bursa injections
  • Medical management
  • Food as medicine

This website is NOT for medical emergencies or medical treatment. For medical treatment, please contact your physician’s office by phone or go to the nearest emergency room. For emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If this is a mental health emergency, please call 317.880.8485.

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Appointments are made on a referral basis only. For referral information, patients are encouraged to ask their primary care provider to please contact 317.880.PAIN (7246)

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