Pain BC. Changing Pain. Changing Minds.
March 2019 Update
From our Executive Director, Maria Hudspith
People with chronic pain often turn to their family physicians for help with managing their pain. Unfortunately, many physicians report being ill-equipped to adequately care for them, and often rely on solely prescribing pain medications or referring to a higher level of specialized consultation and treatment. Physicians in underserved areas of BC run into additional issues as there are often few specialized services to refer to in these areas.
That is why Pain BC Is launching Project ECHO for Pain - BC, a free interdisciplinary online learning community that will support health care providers in gaining knowledge, confidence, skills and support to provide improved care for people with pain in their own communities.
Project ECHO spreads new knowledge and information on best-practice pain care from specialists at a central “hub” to the frontlines of community care. Through the initiative, health care providers come together via video technology to learn from each other, learn from specialists and share their own knowledge and experiences from their communities. Participants take part in instructive lessons and also discuss and learn from complex pain cases, which can be submitted by any participating provider.
Community health care providers can then take the knowledge they’ve gained and apply it in their local practice, instead of immediately referring patients out to specialists. Through this learning model, Project ECHO will allow people living with pain in underserved areas throughout the province to receive appropriate care where they live, from providers they know. This short video does an excellent job of explaining how Project ECHO works in practice.
If you’re a person with pain who lives in an underserved area in BC, we encourage you to share information about Project ECHO with your physician and/or other health care providers. By doing so, you’ll help us make sure we get this resource to providers across the province, who in turn will be able to provide improved pain care in your community.
Providers who would like to join our Project ECHO can now apply for Cycle 1.
Dates and topics:
  • April 30, 6:00-8:00pm: Medical Strategies for treating low back pain
  • May 21, 6:00-8:00pm: Opioid tapering and rationalization
  • June 18, 6:00-8:00pm: How to build movement into your patient’s life
Registration for Cycle 2: September 2019-June 2020 will open in May 2019.
If you would like to find out more about Project ECHO for Pain - BC, join us for a free information session on March 19, 2019. 
Live Plan Be  Connect for Health
Maintaining sex and intimacy with chronic pain: Tips from a pelvic health expert 
Our newest episode of the Pain Waves Podcast
In this month’s episode of the Pain Waves podcast, we’re joined by physiotherapist Dr. Sarah Haag, who specializes in pelvic pain. She provides us with a discussion on how chronic pain can impact sex and intimacy, the role of specialized physiotherapists in helping patients with pain who wish to reengage in sex, and practical tips for both people with pain and their partners to explore or maintain the two in their relationship.
Pain Medication Management for Acute Injuries 
Free webinar recording now available
If you have recently been injured, have experienced a fracture and/or have undergone surgery to fix your injury, our newest webinar recording provides advice on how to manage your pain medications, and what to look out for if your injury is painful beyond the time it typically takes for an injury to heal.
Gentle Movement and Relaxation Course 
Free online course available to BC health care professionals starting March 2019
In collaboration with renowned Canadian physiotherapist Neil Pearson, we are offering a one-of-a-kind online course on gentle movement and relaxation techniques. The goal of this course is to equip physiotherapists and other therapeutic movement professionals with practical knowledge and teaching resources to enable them to lead their own movement and relaxation program for people living with chronic pain. If you know of a BC health care provider who would be interested in learning more about how to utilize movement and relaxation techniques as tools for pain management, please encourage them to register at the link below.
CPSBC Draft Procedural Pain Management Standard 
Accepting feedback until May 27, 2019
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC is seeking feedback on a draft Standard on Procedural Pain Management Accreditation that will limit which doctors are able to perform certain injection-based pain management procedures. Pain BC is concerned that the new regulations are too restrictive and unnecessarily reduce access to pain management treatments for people who already have too few options for care.
We encourage you to read the Standard and share your feedback with the College before May 27, 2019. Please note that the consultation questions are quite limited in scope. We encourage you to share your concerns when asked this question: Do you have concerns about the College improving the safety and quality of procedural pain management procedures performed in community-based physician offices, practices and clinics?
If you'd like more context on this issue, please refer to this news article.
Self-Management BC Chronic Pain Management Workshops 
Free 6-week workshops available within and outside of the Lower Mainland
Self-Management BC is offering their free 6-week pain management workshop series in many  areas throughout BC. If you'd like to learn skills to help manage your pain, you can check out their website or call 1-866-902-3767 for more information. Upcoming locations include areas within the Lower Mainland (Vancouver, Richmond, Ladner, Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Port Moody, and more) as well as outside of the Lower Mainland (Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, Cranbrook, Pender Island, Gibsons, Salt Spring Island, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Port Hardy, and more).
Upcoming Pain BC and partner events, workshops and webinars 
Pain BC workshop: Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists
This workshop provides RMTs with an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain.
Mar 24, 2019 in Vancouver: Register now - limited spaces left
Sep 29, 2019 in Kelowna: Register now
Nov 3, 2019 in Vancouver: Register now
Nov 24, 2019 in Victoria: Register now
Pain BC workshop: Chronic Pain Management for Chiropractors
This workshop is for chiropractors or students of chiropractic interested in developing or enhancing their clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of people living with complex and chronic pain.
Sep 28-29, 2019 - Vancouver: ´╗┐Register now
Pain BC programs and initiatives are funded, in whole or in part, by the Government of British Columbia.
In the News
In the News 
A person with pain shares 5 things they wish they knew before the onset of their chronic illness.
With its recent legalization, seniors are more frequently considering medical cannabis as a treatment option to manage pain.
The Mighty community members share some ideas on how people with chronic illness can maintain intimacy in a relationship if they find sex painful.
It's been well documented that women are more likely to be under-treated for pain when compared to men, but the results of a recent study suggest that this gender bias may start as early as childhood.
#FastHealth is a collaborative project focused on creating short videos that provide tips on trending health topics while introducing fun elements such as driving new cars. In one of their newest episodes, they speak to Vancouver-based psychologist Dr. Theo De Gagne about tips for managing persistent pain.

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