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Chronic Pain Syndrome

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    a From the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois.
    Robert G. Addison
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    Requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Robert G. Addison, Center for Pain Studies, 345 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
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    a From the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois.
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    a From the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois.
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      Chronic pain syndrome must be considered as a psychologic-physiologic disability. The understanding and treatment of chronic pain syndrome comprises a new medical disease model; however, some of the original symptoms are considered to have an underlying organic pathology. Recognition of the need for differentiation between the various forms of pain is paramount to the success of the treatment process. By applying different treatment modalities, we can best prevent acute pain from becoming chronic pain syndrome. Chronic pain syndrome must be treated differently from acute pain; To persist in treating chronic pain syndrome as an acute problem very often leads to unsuccessful treatment results. The appropriate use of medication is an important component in the multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain syndrome. Treatment of chronic pain syndrome has been most successful when a combination of all legitimate treatment modalities available were utilized.
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