Duke’s Unique Vision
Duke is forward looking in fostering the development of a portal of entry for pain patients where they can go to one area for diagnosis, treatment and investigation of what causes their conditions. Duke is one of the few institutions, worldwide, to develop this vision of a portal of entry and is striving to move this opportunity forward.
One of the novel features that will be brought forward to this portal of entry is the treatment of orofacial pain, a substantial health problem. Dr. Maixner believes Duke will be the first university to begin to collectively integrate multiple pain conditions while providing treatment avenues, and will for the first time, bring orofacial pain into the very basic fabric of the hospital and health care system. Complementing the existing Duke Pain Medicine Clinic, a treatment facility for orofacial pain is expected to open its doors in the Brier Creek area in early 2016.
Unique pain treatments and therapies provided by the Center for Translational Pain Medicine:
- Biofeedback and Psychological Services
- Orofacial Pain
- Sleep/Pain Disorders
- Medical Management
The CTPM strives to transform how patients are diagnosed and treated for pain by:
- Strengthening relationships among existing providers and researchers
- Identifying gaps in pain management therapies and services
- Develop an interdisciplinary, evidence-based approach to integrative medicine
- Evaluating efficacy of new drugs/medical devices
- Comparing benefits/risks of standard vs. alternative treatments
- Exploring factors that contribute to the onset of pain
- Identifying individual characteristics that enable or disable progression from acute to chronic pain