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According to Mahir Reiss, Primary Care Providers Benefit From Understanding Chronic Pain

Apr 8 2013 12:00AM



SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/08/13 -- Mahir Reiss, a physical therapy professional, has issued a statement to the press supporting new research about primary care providers and chronic pain. The findings note that individuals who experience chronic pain may see an improvement in their symptoms if their primary care provider receives specific training in multiple aspects of pain, including the emotional consequences that a patient may face.

Thomas C. Chelimsky, a doctor and chairman at the department of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, led a study that assessed the Primary Practice Physician Program for Chronic Pain (4PCP) and its impact on patients and their health care providers. The findings were released in the Clinical Journal of Pain.

Chronic pain puts a hefty burden on the American healthcare system, with more than 17M disabled individuals reporting pain as the primary reason for their disability. Primary care doctors stated that pain was the chief symptom of one-third of their patients, but many of these professionals have undergone little to no training in chronic pain management.

The 4PCP program works to provide education to physicians when it comes to assisting patients who are dealing with chronic pain. The ultimate goal is to train health care providers to lead an interdisciplinary team focused on pain management; this group is comprised of a psychologist, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist. All of these individuals have training in the basics of the condition.

Mahir Reiss comments on these efforts stating, "For those who live with chronic pain, the world can feel very isolated. Friends and family members may lack sympathy after a while, or they may not understand why the discomfort doesn't cease. Medical professionals try to help, but often don't have the knowledge to really make a difference. This kind of education is important so as to allow doctors to better serve patients dealing with chronic pain."

In the study, doctors were randomly assigned either to receive the training program immediately, or after a one-year waiting time. Both patients and physicians underwent an evaluation afterward to measure the effectiveness of the education. Those with chronic pain experienced significant benefits, including reduced fatigue, depression, and discomfort. Physicians noted that they felt more comfortable and confident in assessing and treating these individuals.

Mahir Reiss states, "These kinds of programs are important both for doctors and their patients. Every medical professional should understand the devastating impacts of chronic pain." Mahir Reiss went on to explain that more effective care can improve a patient's physical and mental well-being.


Mahir Reiss is a physical therapy professional who has 35 years of clinical experience in his field. He owns Reiss and Westwood Physical Therapy, which is based in San Diego, California. Dr. Reiss is highly experienced in helping patients recover from injury, heal after surgery, and manage chronic pain. He treats a diverse clientele, including elderly individuals, professional athletes, and children.

Source: Marketwire

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