Leaders in military and VA medicine discuss unique aspects of the treatment of pain in active duty service members and veterans to include the role of integrative medicine, halting the transition from acute to chronic pain after injury, and the stepped care model of pain management. The generalizability of these issues to civilian pain care, and the challenges faced by federal medicine providers, are discussed.
Stepped Care Model for Pain Management: Relevance for Civilian Care
Integrative Pain Medicine
Preventing Chronic Pain After Trauma
- Identify the role aggressive acute pain treatment has in preventing the chronification of pain after injury.
- Develop an appreciation of the unique features of service—and combat-related wounds, injuries, and illnesses and comorbidities that have led to chronic pain problems—including chronic opioid problems after more than a decade and a half of armed conflict.
- Discuss the benefits and possible shortcomings of the stepped care model for pain management.