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Pain that lasts for more than 3 months is called chronic pain. Managing chronic pain usually requires more than one approach and is often provided by a team of health care providers working together (multidisciplinary approach). Pain management may be done at a pain management center or pain clinic.
You may also use a type of pain medicine that is applied to the skin as a patch, cream, or gel (topical analgesic), such as a numbing medicine. These may cause fewer side effects than oral medicines.
Occupational therapy helps you learn ways to function at home and work with less pain.
Recreational therapy may involve trying new activities or hobbies, such as drawing or a physical activity.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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