Harvard Vanguard has brought together an expert team of pain management specialists to help patients manage a variety of chronic pain issues. Chronic pain is defined as any pain problem that lasts longer than three months that impairs function and prevents you from working, sleeping, socializing, or enjoying leisure activities. Often patients with chronic pain will have seen many physicians without success and as a result become increasingly frustrated, angry or even depressed because of the lack of helpful treatments. In addition, because of the debilitating pain, patients may become increasingly dependent on the use of strong pain medication, which can cause unwanted side effects and in some cases impair function.
The Harvard Vanguard Pain Management team uses a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. We believe in treating the whole person, both mind and body, in order to ensure that patients receive the best quality care. We combine and apply the latest advances in medical science, with interventional, rehabilitation and behavioral approaches to develop a comprehensive treatment plan with the goal of improving pain, function, and quality of life. Given our belief in a mind-body approach to pain management, many of our patients will see a psychiatrist or therapist as part of their care to help improve their coping skills to manage the stress and frustration that often accompanies chronic pain, and empower them to be an active participant in the treatment process. Each patient starts the program with a comprehensive evaluation to establish goals and to help our clinicians create an individualized care program.
Our core Pain Management team is located at the Kenmore practice in Boston. For contact information, click "Locations" on the left. The Care Coordinator (RN) and support staff will initiate and coordinate individualized care program for each patient. Patients who need ongoing intervention or attention may be able to receive their care with appropriate clinical teams at their local practice if available.
A referral from your primary care physician is required to make an appointment with Pain Management and patients should check with their health insurance plan regarding their benefits for these services.