Once you and your health-care provider have finished assessing your pain — from its location and intensity, to what remedies you've tried, to its effect on your life — then a new or modified treatment plan can begin.
For many pain treatments, there's only limited scientific evidence that they work. Sometimes a treatment that seems to be effective in one study doesn't work well in another. So health-care providers who treat chronic pain may suggest a series of different treatments or a combination of treatments to find what works for you. For example, people with chronic pain caused by cancer often need a combination of drugs, surgery and radiation to treat their cancer and control their pain.