Dr. Wille strongly believes in taking a holistic or mind-body approach to the management of chronic pain. “Because chronic pain has complex causes and it may affect all parts of the body as well as the mind, it requires a multidimensional approach to treatment. Pain management must extend beyond physical approaches to include the psychological, social, and even spiritual aspects of the patient,” he said.
Chronic pain is typically accompanied by a wide scope of disabilities, Dr. Wille stressed. “Aside from discomfort, many times people with chronic pain have lives that are interrupted on a functional basis. They may not be able to do the things they once did, such as working or performing their normal role within their family,” he said. “They may not be able to perform simple activities of daily living.”
That is why a successful approach to pain management calls for a team of professionals who can address not only the medical aspects of pain, but the psychosocial aspects as well, according to Dr. Wille. “We are looking forward to re-establishing a strong pain management program at Columbia St. Mary’s. Ultimately, we want an interdisciplinary program, which means multiple experts working together under the same roof,” he said.
The effects of pain vary from person to person; therefore, Dr. Wille offers personalized treatment to each of his patients. And, it’s about much more than medication. Treatment can also involve stress relief and relaxation training, physical therapy, improved sleep and nutrition habits, and exercise as well as pain management techniques and vocational counseling.
“Our goal is to offer each patient a customized treatment plan that includes all of the treatment aspects they require. The Center for Pain Management incorporates a broad approach to treatment that addresses the various concurrent physical and psychological factors that contribute to chronic pain. The first step is to bring together the right personnel to achieve that goal,” he said. “Over the next few months, we plan to have all the right people in place and a fully functional program."
Dr. Wille will see patients at the following locations: