Integrative Pain Management

Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep;101(5):987-1004. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2017.04.012.


Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions seen in the clinic, and it is often one of the most frustrating for both clinicians and patients. This condition stems from common comorbidities, including depression, insomnia, fatigue, and physical deconditioning, which often create barriers to recovery. In addition, chronic pain has had divergent approaches for treatment, including an overemphasis on analgesia and curative treatments while underemphasizing the biopsychosocial needs of those in pain. This article attempts to provide an initial framework for approaching those in pain and initiating patient-centered options to support improvements in pain, function, and self-care.

Keywords: Acupuncture; Integrative; Low back; Mindfulness; Neuropathic; Nonpharmacologic; Pain; Yoga.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Pain / epidemiology
  • Chronic Pain / therapy*
  • Complementary Therapies / methods*
  • Diet
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Integrative Medicine / methods*
  • Mind-Body Therapies / methods
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / methods
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Pain Management / methods*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Self Care