Beyond Pain STL
Taking control of chronic pain
Beyond Pain STL offers resources, tools, and information about chronic pain for medical providers and people with chronic pain. The website is an initiative of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission.
What is chronic pain?
There are different kinds of pain: acute pain and chronic pain. For acute pain, like a broken bone, the pain can serve as a helpful alert to seek help. However, when the pain lasts beyond its normal point of healing and no longer serves a purpose, it is considered chronic pain.
Chronic pain is often invisible; yet research shows that 1 in 5 people have it. Chronic pain keeps people from going to work and doing other things they need to do. One study shows that this is costing our national economy about 600 billion dollars every year.
There are many strategies to help people with chronic pain, but it is important for people to see a doctor to learn more about their pain. While many types of chronic pain exist, such as chronic pain from lupus or sickle cell disease, this website focuses on musculoskeletal chronic pain (long-lasting pain in muscles, bones, and nerves). Watch the video to learn more about chronic pain.
Information and tools for you
Chronic pain can be stressful, confusing, and depressing. But you are not alone.
There are things you can do to help with chronic pain - whether you have chronic pain yourself, are supporting a friend or loved one, or are caring for patients with chronic pain. Learn more by clicking the links below.
Chronic pain initiative
The chronic pain initiative is a program of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC).
Chronic pain is a public health crisis in the St. Louis region. In 2018, the RHC launched a chronic pain initiative to accomplish 2 main goals: decrease the progression of acute pain to chronic pain, and improve the treatment of chronic pain in our region. The chronic pain initiative aims to accomplish these objectives with 3 main strategies, which are outlined below with examples of the work.