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Integrative Medicine Approach to Chronic Pain 

Integrative Medicine Approach to Chronic Pain
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Integrative Medicine Approach to Chronic Pain
Author(s):

Stephen Dahmer

, Raymond Y. Teets

, and Emilie Scott

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199768875.003.0028
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date: 01 April 2020

Chronic pain is a common reason for patients to seek medical care. Its cause is generally complex and multifactorial. Integrative medicine (IM) can offer a means to develop a more comprehensive treatment approach for patients with chronic pain, eliciting a broader picture of the patient’s condition and combining conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Immediate and complete relief of chronic pain may be an unrealistic goal, and so it is important to establish appropriate goals of care in the treatment of chronic pain. The following three goals are an important starting point when addressing chronic pain:

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