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
Chronic musculo-skeletal pain (neck, shoulder, back
injuries, etc.)Persistent headaches or migrainesCrohn's diseaseIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)ArthritisDiabetic Neuropathy (nerve damage due to Diabetes)Multiple SclerosisRepetitive strain injuryFibromyalgiaWhiplash injuriesChronic regional pain syndromesChronic pelvic painPost-surgical pain lasting longer than six monthsNeuropathic painPost-stroke pain
Topics covered in the course
What is Chronic Pain?Problem SolvingDealing with Difficult EmotionsFatique & SleepCommunicationHealthy EatingUsing Your Mind to Manage SymptomsMedicationsExercise & 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.
Contact us for more information.