Posts in Chronic Pain
Physicians Neck and Back Center


Physicians Neck & Back Clinic is Brian Nelson, MD’s brainchild, with a base in Minneapolis and numerous satellite clinics. Dr. Nelson put down his scalpel when he realized he wasn’t getting good results from spine surgery and substituted a rigorous, multi-week, spine-focused exercise program.

To learn more about PNBC's Core Spinal Fitness Program  - this is a gym you can join to maintain the gains from their rehab program - click here.

Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management Award

Each year, the American Pain Society gives a Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management Award to five or so pain management facilities around the country. Here you’ll find the index, all the way back to 2007. Not all of them offer multidisciplinary chronic pain programs—some are tiny, community-based programs—but it is a good place to start. Be sure to click on the detailed descriptions of each year’s winners.

Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center in Minnesota


“For more than 40 years, Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center in Minnesota has helped people with chronic pain return to an active lifestyle. Mayo Clinic’s pain rehabilitation program was one of the first in the world.” Learn more about the center here.

There are several programs offered at the Pain Rehabilitation Center in Minnesota, including the three-week program designed to teach “pain management skills and techniques for physical reconditioning” for adults with chronic pain. Learn more about the three-week program here.

“Living Well with Pain and Illness,” Vidyamala Burch

Contributed by Caryn S. Feldman, PhD, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Center For Pain Management:

In the book “Living Well with Pain and Illness: The Mindful Way to Free Yourself from Suffering,” author Vidyamala Burch shares her experience with disability and chronic back pain, and the way that mindfulness practices helped her overcome her suffering and renew her life with a positive outlook and decreased pain. Find the book on Amazon.

Mayo Clinic – Pain Rehabilitation Center

Arizona, Florida, Minnesota

The renowned Mayo Clinic – with locations in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota – has a Pain Rehabilitation Center (PRC) in Rochester, Minnesota. Three types of outpatient programs aim to restore patients with chronic pain to an active lifestyle: two are designed for adults, a three-week and a two-day program; and the third is a pediatric program for patients between the ages of 13 to young adulthood. The programs involve behavioral therapy, and guide patients toward a medication-free lifestyle.