Understanding Pain

Understanding Acute Pain

American Family Physician: Pharmacologic Therapy for Acute Pain
•    The hierarchy of pain relief when treating acute pain

Understanding Chronic Pain

University of Alberta Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic: About Chronic Pain
•    Information on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Narcotic Information, Sympathetic Nerve Blocks, and Methadone information

Pain Society of Alberta: 6 Pillars of Pain Management (PDF)
•    An infographic

Alberta Health Services Chronic Disease Management Lecture Series: Information for the Public
•    10 Lectures available online providing basic information about the nature of pain and ways the body’s systems are affected by pain

Arthritis Society: Understanding your Pain
•    Information on how our bodies process pain and the pain cycle

Tamethebeast.org: Rethinking Persistent Pain
•    Understand the protective function of pain and how to train your body to be less protective
•    Information about recovery and re-injury

Retrainpain.org: Retrain Pain Foundation 
•    Short lessons in video format for understanding pain, mind and goals, sleep and pain, medications, and relationships and pain
•    Offered in a variety of languages

The International Association on the Study of Pain (IASP)
•    “The International Association on the Study of Pain (IASP) is the leading global organization supporting the study and practice of pain and pain relief. IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health care providers, and policymakers from around the world in pursuit of their mission to bring relief to those who are in pain.”

AHS Better Choices, Better Health – Chronic Pain or Chronic Disease
•    A free group workshop to adults who either live with or support someone living with chronic health conditions
•    The workshops with help participants to learn new skills and increase their confidence in managing their health conditions so they can increase their quality of life

AHS Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it!
•    This short and easy to follow video that explains current research on chronic pain and how to manage it

AHS Alberta Healthy Living Program
•    A program created by AHS that offers programs and services to Albertans living with chronic health conditions and/or diseases
•    Using the search bar, enter “pain” or a specific condition/disease to find available programs and services

Chronic Pain Association of Canada – The Pain Pod
•    “Are you ready to know what you don’t know about chronic pain? We’re shining the light on the good, the bad, and the very ugly about living with pain in Canada.”

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