Dr. Richard Stieg, MD, MHS
is board certified in Neurology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine
. He is a founding member and tenth President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Stieg currently sees patients in a private practice in Aurora, Colorado. He also served as Co-Medical Director of the Centennial Rehabilitation Associates (CRA) until 2013. A private institution in Aurora, CRA offered several outpatient programs for patients with chronic pain and traumatic brain injury, some with concurrent psychiatric disorders including addiction to prescription and illicit drugs.
: For over 8 years, Dr. Stieg worked with Pinnacol Assurance developing a statewide PPO-like organization consisting of primary care and specialty physicians specially trained to offer workers' compensation care in Colorado. He also served the Division of Workers' Compensation
in the state of Colorado as a taskforce member of four different committees that developed medical treatment guidelines for Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
for the workers' compensation system.
Dr. Stieg was a founding member of the board of directors and Editor-in-Chief of the website of the National Pain Foundation and serves the board of directors of the Oakley Foundation. He has served the world of Pain Medicine in many capacities, including Associate Professorships at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and editorial positions on several professional journals, including the Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Forum, Pain Medicine and Disability
Graduated Pain Treatment Consulting Services
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- Pain Education
- Lifestyle Change Counseling
- Physica Therapy
- Pharmacological Agents
- Nerve Blocks
- Delivery of Drugs or Electrical Stimulation to the Spinal Cord
A panel of experts in pain medicine and public policy convened to examine root causes and risk factors for opioid-related poisoning deaths and to propose recommendations to reduce death rates.
There appears to be little question that pain represents a significant American public health problem. A recent Gallup poll reported that an estimated 26 million Americans suffer with severe pain, with half of those reporting daily occurrence. Six in ten Americans with severe or moderate pain have lived with the condition for at least seven months. More than half report poor pain control despite having consulted with physicians. Interestingly, four in five Americans believe that aches and pains are a natural part of getting older, and 64% will see a doctor only when they cannot stand the pain any longer.
Teaching in the field of pain medicine seems to be dominated by emphasis on pain as a symptom. This is a natural response to the scientism that dominates our medical training, thinking and practice. The topic of pain and spirituality affords us the opportunity to re-focus our attention on the multidimensional aspects of the pain experience, as many have so eloquently done before. (1,2,3) We introduce our topic by posing several questions:
There is evidence that all types of pain are inadequately managed in the United States and that this was true long before the advent of managed care.37, 39, 42 This situation is likely due to a number of social factors, including the following: