Over the past decade-plus, the U.S. military has been engaged in the longest armed conflicts in history fought by volunteers engaged in often multiple, recurrent deployments into combat. The resulting injuries, illnesses, and combat wounds associated with training, deployment, and active combat are frequently complex, multifactorial, and often associated with chronic pain. Conventional care of these clinical problems has too often led to additional pain problems and dependency upon the chronic use of opioids and psychotropic medications.
We interviewed Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD, FACP, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret) on the innovative approaches to pain management being taken by the Veterans Administration and the DOD. Watch below:
Dr. Schoomaker also leads a new course in our online Pain Care Learning Center called Comprehensive Pain Management Incorporating Complementary and Integrative Medicine: The Military Medicine Experience, in which he discusses the complex nature of these clinical challenges and the ongoing efforts of the Military health System to use a holistic, patient-centered, multidisciplinary, integrative approach to chronic pain management, including the use of complementary and integrative modalities. This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain and is free to Academy members, and only $25 for non-members. Learn more.