"Pain is inevitable...Suffering is optional"   Haruki Murakami

What is Chronic Pain?

Pain is the #1 reason people go to their physician. Pain impacts more patients than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Pain is often caused by an injury such as a strain or sprain, broken bone, concussion or even more catastrophic injuries. This kind of pain can be intense, but it does not usually last very long. It is called acute pain.


If pain remains even after normal healing times for that type of injury (usually 6 to 8 weeks) for a strain or sprain) or continues long after surgery was supposed to lead to pain resolving, it is called chronic pain. About 70 million people suffer from chronic pain in the U.S. alone. Chronic pain can take over your life. It can become annoying and fatiguing. All aspects of life can be affected.


The focus of the COPE with Pain program is to integrate your medical care with psychologists specializing in treating chronic pain. You can return to doing the things you did before the pain began. The COPE with Pain program is designed to get the help you need.


Education—You will learn about the mind and body connection to managing chronic pain.


Take Action—You will be introduced to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to manage chronic pain. It is important you practice and complete homework. CBT is a therapy you take charge of, not something done to you to relieve pain. Of course it can be hard to start taking control over your health and it will not be a straight line improvement, but your COPE with Pain Psychologist is a support system to navigate you through the ups and downs.


Return to Function—you can learn to COPE with Pain and return back to the life you had.