[Multimodal pain therapy: principles and indications]

Schmerz. 2009 Apr;23(2):112-20. doi: 10.1007/s00482-008-0741-x.
[Article in German]


Multimodal pain therapy describes an integrated multidisciplinary treatment in small groups with a closely coordinated therapeutical approach. Somatic and psychotherapeutic procedures cooperate with physical and psychological training programs. For chronic pain syndromes with complex somatic, psychological and social consequences, a therapeutic intensity of at least 100 hours is recommended. Under these conditions multimodal pain therapy has proven to be more effective than other kinds of treatment. If monodisciplinary and/or outpatient therapies fail, health insurance holders have a legitimate claim to this form of therapy.Medical indications are given for patients with chronic pain syndromes, but also if there is an elevated risk of chronic pain in the early stadium of the disease and aiming at delaying the process of chronification. Relative contraindications are a lack of motivation for behavioural change, severe mental disorders or psychopathologies and addiction problems. The availability of multimodal pain treatment centers in Germany is currently insufficient.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics / administration & dosage*
  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Insurance Coverage / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • National Health Programs / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Pain / rehabilitation*
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Recurrence
  • Relaxation Therapy*


  • Analgesics