Transforming pain shared medical visit
The Transforming Pain Shared Medical Visit is a non-drug approach to treating chronic pain. It combines the latest evidence-based neuroscience understanding of chronic pain with the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The 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.
What it is
This series of 2.5 hour visits occur once a week for eight weeks. There will be up to seven other people in your program group. You and the group will learn new practices and develop new habits for coping with your pain.
What to expect
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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Good to know
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