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Scott Schoen and Nancy Adams

Discovery Center for Recovery from Chronic Pain


Pain affects a staggering number of Americans—over 100 million people; it is also the most prevalent reason Americans seek access to health care. Patients living with chronic pain often suffer from compounded challenges: 75% report low energy, nearly 80% report depression, and more than 85% report inability to sleep.1 Yet, traditional methods for treating chronic pain are often palliative, fostering unhealthy opioid dependencies rather than addressing the root of pain directly.

Here at Spaulding, chronic pain recovery is treated through the integration of medicine, rehabilitation, and a vast array of research-based complementary therapies. Under the guidance of Dr. Ross Zafonte, Spaulding is already accelerating chronic pain recovery from back and joint pain, fibromyalgia, geriatric mobility, repetitive work trauma, cancer treatment, burn injury, and more. Spaulding researchers and clinicians lead a national stem cell education effort, sponsored by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, to promote innovative, pain eradicating therapies. Spaulding is also the only hospital in the U.S. to be awarded the prestigious Model System designation in Burn Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury, all at the same time, by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

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A Special Thank You to Scott Schoen and Nancy Adams
for their generous donation.
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  • > 100 million
    Over 100 million Americans live with pain
  • #1 reason
    Chronic pain is the #1 reason Americans seek access to health care

Principal Investigators and Labs

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“We know that the brain can alter the strength of its own neural connections. Our lab is forging a new understanding of neurological changes associated with chronic pain. We are closing in on breakthrough methods for alleviating pain and giving people back their lives.”
Dr. Felipe Fregni, Director, Neuromodulation Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

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