Chronic Pain Self-Management

Helping Patients to Manage Their Pain Conditions
The Wood Buffalo PCN offers a three-week course called the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program which was originally developed in Stanford University.

Research on this program has shown that participants are able to reduce their experience of pain, feel more vitality in their daily lives, reduce their dependence on others, and improve their mental health and resilience. It has been shown to reduce chronic pain by 20-40%.

Cost of Participation
There is a $15 fee for the materials provided in the course, which include a workbook and a resource book.

Applicable Pain-Related Conditions
This program has been developed for people who have been diagnosed with Chronic Pain. Conditions which might be appropriate for this program include:

  • Chronic musculo-skeletal pain (neck, shoulder, back injuries, etc.)
  • Persistent headaches or migraines
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic Neuropathy (nerve damage due to Diabetes)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Chronic regional pain syndromes
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Post-surgical pain lasting longer than six months
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Post-stroke pain

Topics Covered in The Course

  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • Problem Solving
  • Dealing with Difficult Emotions
  • Fatigue & Sleep
  • Communication
  • Healthy Eating
  • Using Your Mind to Manage Symptoms
  • Medications
  • Exercise & Chronic Pain

How to Register
If you are not yet a patient of the Wood Buffalo PCN, you will need to be referred by your local family physician.

If you have previously been referred to the WB PCN for another program, this program is available to you through our inter-program referral policy.  You are welcome to discuss it during your next visit with one of our clinicians, and they will arrange to have you enrolled in the course.