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Chronic pain affects about 116 million people in the U.S., more than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Chronic pain is complex, involving many factors. Vanderbilt’s pain medicine experts offer a team approach to pain management, which means each patient receives a personalized care plan that suits his or her needs.
The process starts with a solid foundation of medical knowledge. At the first appointment, we take down each patient’s complete medical history, looking for any factors that might contribute to the problem. A team of experts then works with the patient to customize a treatment plan. This team may include specialists from:
Patients have access to Vanderbilt’s network of world-class care. If a patient needs alternative therapies, we may recommend the Center for Integrative Health. Others may need care from the neurology clinic, the Comprehensive Spine Center, the Vanderbilt Interventional Pain Center or the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. We complete the cycle of care by following up with primary care doctors to make sure our patients have what they need for long-term better health.
The Pain Management Center is housed at Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks. To contact the Center, call (615) 875-PAIN.