The Pain Center Services
We take a rehabilitation approach that targets improvement in the areas of life you value the most. We will teach you skills to respond differently to your pain – reducing the pain you can and managing the rest. The goal is to return you to a full and productive life. The Pain Center has a team of specialists in the areas of medical, nursing, psychological, and physical and occupational therapy to assist you. To meet your needs and goals, our therapies are patient-centered and flexible in time and duration.
Pain Program: An 8-week multidisciplinary program that emphasizes restoring you to the highest level of functioning while managing your chronic pain. Treatment typically occurs 2-3 times per week in a supportive and challenging environment.
PEAK Program: PEAK stands for “Performance Enhancement through Activity and Knowledge.” As a 6-week program, it is less intense than the Pain Program and meant for individuals earlier in the chronic pain experience or with less severe symptoms.
Headache Program: A comprehensive program that integrates current medical management with physical therapy and health psychology to identify and address the triggers that may cause or worsen your headaches. This 12-week program teaches pain and stress management skills to improve your quality of life and functioning.
Fibromyalgia Program: In addition to the pain, patients with fibromyalgia syndrome also struggle with fatigue, and have been found to be more sensitive to stress. Our 10-week multidisciplinary program addresses the special needs of this population to restore them to a full, and productive life.
Pain & Health Psychology: Our medical psychologists understand the link between physical and emotional health. Using an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, they emphasize identification of what you value most in life, and assist the daily living of those values. Skills are taught to overcome barriers such as depression, anxiety, pain, or other chronic illnesses.
Biofeedback: Stress and tension are often major contributors to both headache and chronic pain conditions.Through the use of biofeedback technology, your individual intensity level can be monitored. Relaxation skills are taught, and your progress in intensity regulation is recorded and fed back to you to assist learning. Relaxation techniques promote healing and improve sleep. They can take the edge off pain by reducing the physical contributors to the pain problem, such as muscle tension and decreased circulation.
Physical Therapy: The Pain Center's physical therapists understand the difference between acute and chronic pain.They know when to encourage, and when to pace your activity. For those who do not need a full program, we have physical therapy services to treat your headaches (e.g., postural correction, stretching) and improve your level of physical activity.
Who Uses These Services
Those who continue to have pain beyond the normal healing process
Those whose pain has not responded to treatment
Those who experience a functional decline related to their pain problems – inability to return to work or school or difficulty in carrying out daily activities
Those who experience depression or anxiety because of their pain
Those who overuse medications, particularly opioids
Those seeking a drug-free alternative to their pain problem
Those whose pain has taken away their quality of life and want it back
Meet The Pain Center Team
Meet our staff and you’ll be impressed by their level of expertise and willingness to serve you. They are members of the American College of Pain Medicine, American Headache Society, American Pain Society, and the National Headache Foundation as well as the American Psychological Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, and American Physical Therapy Association. Our staff have presented nationally and in the media regarding pain management.
Physician and Nursing
Provide medical direction and oversight of care
Teach pain management skills
Treat emotional distress
Develop an exercise program to improve physical functioning
Provide patient education
Address physical deficits
Address adaptive functioning at home and work
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All services other than psychology require a referral. For more information or to make a referral, please contact The Pain Center.
1155 East Paris Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | Map
350 Lafayette St SE | Map
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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The Pain Center Patient Stories
Amber's migraines often resulted in emergency room visits; now she is migraine free. Read Amber's story...
After 15 years of nausea, dizziness, missed work, misdiagnoses, and alternative medicine Kim was told she'd be feeling better in four weeks. Read Kim's story...