About this Series

Chronic pain is estimated to affect more than 50 million Americans and has an annual cost burden of more than $600 billion. Acute pain is a normal and essential physiologic response to tissue damage and gradually resolves as the injured tissues heal, while chronic pain persists for several months or even years. In many cases, people develop chronic pain without any apparent underlying cause.

Concern about the opioid crisis is now discouraging many healthcare professionals from prescribing opioids for chronic pain, and they are turning to other therapies and pain management alternatives.

In this three-part series, pain specialists from the Cleveland Clinic discuss new treatments, lifestyle alterations, and opioid alternatives that can be effective in alleviating different types of chronic pain, including lower back pain and osteoarthritis.

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