Career Options For Chronic Pain Sufferers

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  • Living with chronic pain is tough, but it shouldn’t stop you from living a fulfilled life.
  • Chronic pain sufferers may have pain so severe it stops them from working altogether, affecting both their mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Utah’s leading pain management group at Southwest Spine and Pain Center is sharing career ideas for chronic pain sufferers.

The phrase, “find a career you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” couldn’t be more true for the team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center. Each SWSP pain management physician takes great pride in working for the Utah pain community and thoroughly enjoys helping those in need.

Although we all have different tastes and enjoy different things, below are some career options/industries to volunteer in that may provide chronic pain sufferers immense joy:


Being involved in your own medical journey may inspire you to work within the medical industry. You don’t have to go to school for 10+ years, unless you want to, to reap the benefits of helping those with medical conditions similar to yours. Small medical offices, laboratory companies or nursing homes may be great places to start working.


Working in education can be very rewarding. Although this career option doesn’t usually require any heavy lifting, working with adolescents can be tiring. Nevertheless, many teachers have said working or volunteering in education has been uplifting and fun. You don’t have to be a teacher to impact the life of a child or teen—there are probably a number of volunteer opportunities at your local schools!

Social Work & Nonprofit

Social work and working for nonprofit organizations can be veryhumbling experiences. Doing so may put your pain into perspective, especially when you’re witnessing the misfortunes of others. This field requires a tender heart and patience, so if you’re up to the challenge, try volunteering or looking for jobs at local nonprofits and community organizations (i.e. YMCA, Boy & Girls Club, etc.).

If chronic pain is impacting your life, don't wait to schedule an appointment at Southwest Spine and Pain Center. With five locations in Utah and growing, the pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center are dedicated to helping those who suffer from chronic pain live the life they want to! To schedule an appointment, visit our locations tab!

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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