The almost-automatic response that most people have when faced with acute or chronic pain is to take a pill. Over-the-counter and prescription medications have a well-documented record, but there are other ways to treat pain. For most people, pain is manageable, says Teresa Dews, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic and Medical Director of the Pain Management Department at Cleveland Clinics Hillcrest Hospital. You dont have to suffer, and treatment does not necessarily involve drugs. Non-drug treatment for chronic pain includes methods you can use on your own and approaches in which you work directly with physicians, therapists, psychologists, and other professionals.