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Transforming pain shared medical visit

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may benefit from learning alternative methods to controlling that pain through the Transforming Pain Shared Medical Visit program at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

The Transforming Pain Shared Medical Visit is a non-drug approach that teaches you skills as a way to reduce chronic pain. Combining the latest evidenced-based neuroscience understanding of chronic pain with the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), this program uses group synergy, mindfulness, tai chi, qi gong and education to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. The program consists of eight weekly visits of 2.5 hours. There is also one follow-up appointment approximately 8 weeks after program completion.

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What it is

This is series of 2.5 hour visits that occur once a week for eight weeks. The visits are group visits, with up to seven other people in attendance at the same time as you. You and the group will learn new practices and develop new habits for coping with your pain.

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Each week you will have a one-on-one visit with a medical provider followed by the group visit. A new topic is covered each week. Between visits you will have homework and the chance to practice new ways to reduce your pain, including mind-body movement such as tai chi and qi gong. As a group you will be able to share your experience with the other members and learn from them as you go through this process together.

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Chronic pain

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Two providers lead the Transforming Pain group: an acupuncturist trained in traditional Chinese medicine and a provider trained in Western medicine. The provider will bill your insurance using evaluation & Management codes, which are usually covered by insurance.

Source: Penny George Institute for Health and Healing
Reviewed by: Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

First published: 1/10/2020
Last reviewed: 1/3/2020

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