I've had back pain for the last four years from a car accident that broke two vertebrae and my pelvis. I'm going to a chronic pain clinic every week for the next two months. Every time I go there I have to see at least four or five different staff members. Why can't I just see one doctor?

It sounds like you're going to a clinic with a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain. Many studies of human illness and pain show this works the best. This type of treatment views chronic pain as more than just a physical problem.

When a person has pain as long as you have, then other factors are involved. Multidisciplinary treatment looks at physical, behavioral, emotional, psychological, and even environmental factors. Studies show both a positive short-term effect with this approach and a long-term change in most patients.