Most Warfighters experience pain at some point in their careers. For some Warfighters pain is temporary, but for many others it’s a long or even chronic experience. Sometimes the treatment of pain is relatively simple. Other times pain needs to be treated or managed by healthcare providers.
This section of HPRC’s website contains resources to help you manage your pain. It also will keep you up-to-date with what the DoD and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are doing to improve the treatment and management of pain.
For information geared towards healthcare providers, check out the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management website. Their mission is to improve pain management and its treatment in military and civilian medicine.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Frequently asked questions about pain and pain management.
- Self-Care Strategies
- In this section you'll find pain treatments you can do on your own, or after some minor coaching from a healthcare provider.
- Healthcare Provider Strategies
- In this section you'll find strategies to discuss with your healthcare provider for how to manage pain.
- Interactive Resources
- This section provides links to questionnaires, assessments, and other tools you can use to monitor and help manage your pain. Some may be helpful to track your pain over time and/or give to your healthcare providers. Others offer information and support.
- Websites, tools, programs, and reports on pain management.
- TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) for pain
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS, may provide short-term relief for neuropathic/phantom, chronic, post-surgery, and arthritis pain, but there are questions about long-term relief.
- Biofeedback for pain
- This article from HPRC’s experts provides Warfighters with an overview of how biofeedback can be used for pain management.
- Acupuncture for pain
- Acupuncture is more commonly being used in the military as a method for pain treatment and management in conjunction with traditional practices.
- Mind-body strategies for pain
- This article from HPRC’s experts provides Warfighters with an overview of the various mind-body strategies being explored for the treatment and management of pain.
- Hypnosis for pain
- Hypnosis is a strategy that can be used for pain management.
- Spinal cord stimulators for chronic pain
- Spinal Cord stimulators are used for extreme or hard-to-manage chronic pain.