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Policies

Policy CS-06 - Chronic Pain and Chronic Pain Syndrome

Effective Dates

June 15, 1994 to February 11, 1997

Series

Client Services

General Information

Pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage and described in terms of such damage." Pain falls into a number of sub-categories including acute pain, recurrent acute pain, chronic pain, chronic pain syndrome, chronic pain disorder, psychogenic pain, fibromyalgia syndrome and somatoform pain disorder.

This policy deals with chronic pain and chronic pain syndrome. The American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment has identified 8 characteristics to be considered when making a diagnosis of chronic pain. The existence of 2 or more of these characteristics may indicate chronic pain syndrome.

Diagnostic Characteristics of Chronic Pain

1. Duration
2. Dramatization
3. Diagnostic Dilemma
4. Drugs
5. Dependence
6. Depression
7. Disuse
8. Dysfunction

All claims decisions are appealable to the Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board.