ESPRM and UEMS-PRM Board & Section School 2023
Rehabilitation of pain and pain-related disability
The recognition that acute and chronic pain have two distinct mechanisms and that chronic pain is a disease in its own right has
been a major insight. More recently WHO have stated that chronic pain is a disabling disease and therefore that physical and
rehabilitation medicine has a pivotal role in the management of the chronic pain patient and related disability.
In our daily practice we witness cases in which pain is the generator of disability as well as cases where the disability is becoming
unbearable because of the presence of chronic pain.
The School will assist clinicians to refine their clinical diagnostic approach to identify various phenotypes of pain, to improve their
ability to interpret clinical, instrumental and laboratory finding and to establish the most appropriate rehabilitation as well as
pharmacological treatment to overcome pain and the related disabling condition.