Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Center (PRC) was one of the first pain rehabilitation programs in the world. In operation since 1974 in Rochester, Minnesota, the PRC has helped thousands of people with chronic pain.
Similar centers were established in 2011 at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, and in 2016 at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The Pain Rehabilitation Center at each campus is staffed with an integrated team of health care professionals trained in many areas, including pain medicine, physical therapy, psychology, occupational therapy, biofeedback and nursing.
The program assists participants in eliminating the use of pain medications. Individuals who are not taking pain medications also are welcome to attend the PRC, and they make up a large proportion of participants in the program.
With the support of staff and peers in the program, participants regain strength and stamina, and shift toward a focus on what they can do to regain control over their life again.
The PRC at all three campuses provides a three-week program for adults. The Minnesota PRC also offers a two-day program for adults as well as pediatric programs for those age 13 and older.
People come to Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Center with many different types of chronic pain and conditions. Examples include:
- Chronic back pain
- Nonepileptic spells
- Chronic fatigue
- Headaches, including migraines
- Generalized pain or pain in multiple areas
- Abdominal pain
- Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
- Upper or lower body pain, such as pain in the chest wall, jaw, face, pelvis or joints
- Pain after removal of breast tissue from a breast (mastectomy)
- Nerve (neuropathic) pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome
In addition to chronic pain, some people also have depression. Psychologists provide group-based cognitive behavioral treatments and help identify a trained therapist close to the person's home for care after program completion.
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