The Interdisciplinary Pain Center at 1005 15th Ave. N.W. will close at 5 p.m. today, but Dr. Baker Fore said he plans to open a new pain management clinic next month in the same location.


The Interdisciplinary Pain Center at 1005 15th Ave. N.W. will close at 5 p.m. today, but Dr. Baker Fore said he plans to open a new pain management clinic next month in the same location.

 

The new facility will not be affiliated with Mercy Memorial Health Center. The doctor said he anticipates opening Fore Health Care about July 19. He said his new practice will offer multiple treatment modalities for pain sufferers.

 

“I am looking for an acupuncturist,” he said. “I have a chiropractor who is interested in working with me. Our goal is to treat the entire patient. We will also refer patients for drug abuse and addiction.”

 

According to Web MD, tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain — pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.

 

A 2006 report from National Center for Health Statistics indicated more than one-quarter of Americans age 20 years and older said they have had a problem with pain that persisted for more than 24 hours. A 2005 USA Today/ABC News/Stanford University Medical Center poll indicated that 19 percent of American adults — almost 1 in 5 —say they suffer from chronic pain.

 

“Good pain treatment entails dealing with psychology, sociology, education, law enforcement and a patient’s spirituality,” he said.

 

Fore said he was opting out of Medicare and Medicaid, but would accept private insurance.