You Can Make a Difference in the Lives of People with Pain
Your support helps Pain BC to improve the lives of the one in five British Columbians living with pain.
We understand that people living with pain may have limited resources, but if you are able to contribute to our work, we are incredibly appreciative of the support.
Pain Waves Podcast: Living with Pain During the Holidays
Perspectives from People Living with Pain
The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people living with chronic pain.
During this virtual fireside chat, our guests highlight key issues that can come up during the holidays and share their first-hand experiences with navigating the challenges and the joys of this season.
New Pain BC Program: Coaching for Health
Gain self management skills through one-to-one coaching
Coaching for Health is a free telephone or video conference lay coaching program
designed to help people living with pain learn self-management skills, regain function and improve their well-being.
The program aims to assist primary care practitioners who are working with patients (18+yrs) who have a diagnosis of a chronic pain condition, or have been living with persistent pain for at least six months. Coaches support patients for a 6-12 week period.
In the Spotlight: The Opioid Disentanglement and Stewardship Working Group
Working towards a better pain care for British Columbians
If you relied solely on media coverage, you might think that the overdose crisis in this province is fuelled by prescribed opioids. But did you know that the number of overdoses from opioids prescribed to patients for pain has remained virtually constant
– at less than 75 people per year in BC - for more than a decade
? The majority of these deaths occurred when people mixed other medications or alcohol with opioids.
While the practice for physicians has been to move away from opioids to manage pain and towards multi-modal therapies such as physiotherapy, access to these therapies is limited for many people in the province. The availability of pain specialists or allied health professionals with training in chronic pain is concentrated in larger urban centres, and is often only available to those who can afford it. For people whose pain is managed with opioids, and who may be dependent on - rather than addicted to - these drugs, the reduction of access can have a negative impact on their quality of life.
Made up of 21 members representing health care organizations, clinical experts, policy makers and people living with pain, our Opioid Disentanglement and Medication Stewardship working group is changing the narrative on opioid prescription, addiction and overdoses in the media, and correcting misconceptions about opioid use and dependency. Its objectives also include improving assessment for pharmacological treatment, balancing the harms and benefits of medications, and advancing appropriate pain management for patients across the province.
To better understand the impact of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC's Professional Standards and Guidelines on Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion
on family physicians’ practice, Dr. Romayne Gallagher with the support of the Group launched a survey in partnership with UBC and Providence Health Care.
Recently, the Group submitted feedback to the BC government on the regulation of recreational cannabis when it becomes legalized in 2018. The submission called for regulations that avoid impacting medical cannabis sales and use, and would enhance the accessibility, affordability and safety of the medical supply. You can read the full submission here
Pain BC is grateful for the time and commitment of the volunteer members of the Opioid Disentanglement and Medication Stewardship working group and the many other individuals involved in Beyond the Summit initiatives. Working together and aligning our efforts around a common agenda - to improve the lives of people living with pain - is making a difference.
Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists
RMT workshop coming to Victoria and Vancouver
In partnership with RMTBC, this workshop for registered massage therapists provides an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain.
The workshop aims to improve your confidence and decrease your stress when working with the challenges of persistent pain. We will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and ways to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into daily practice. The course will challenge misconceptions about pain as we learn the basics of incorporating a biopsychosocial framework into daily practice behaviour.
Rights Over Arbitrary Decisions for British Columbians
A Campaign against Capping Injury Claims
Recently, ICBC has begun to consider the possibility of capping injury claims in a standardized way, regardless of the individualized nature of each accident.
Pain BC is concerned about how caps may impact people who experience chronic pain as a result of a motor vehicle accident. That’s why we’ve joined ROAD BC
, a coalition dedicated to protecting the rights of anyone injured from a motor vehicle accident.
New Transportation Supplement for PWD
Starting January 1, 2018, individuals with PWD (Persons with Disabilities) designation will receive an extra $52 each month as a transportation supplement. This supplement can be used for transportation services as needed, or for the new annual BC Bus Pass, which will cover ride fares in both the Translink and BC Transit service areas.
UPCOMING WEBINARS: IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WWDPI
Jan 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM PDT
An overview of the research on the powerful effect of couples' relationship dynamics on pain; evidence-based strategies for couples to manage pain and distress together.
Jan 25, 2018 - 11:00 am PDT
The meaningfulness of work for people living with long-term work disability and chronic pain, and the role meaning plays in return to work effort.
Jan 29, 2018 - 4:00 pm PDT
Theory and evidence underlying Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for chronic pain, as well as the core skills needed in applying this therapeutic approach.
Feb 15, 2017 - 8:30 am PT
More details and registration coming soon.
Feb 27, 2018 - 11:00 am PDT
Treatment of chronic pain requires “multimodal analgesia,” a management plan that often requires pharmacological as well as non-drug therapies, and very importantly large measures of clinician guided patient self-management.
March 8, 2018 - 11:00 am PDT
Assisting workers in achieving a safe and sustainable return to work after illness or injury has always been an appropriate goal of treatment. However, North American workplaces are increasingly challenged with how to address prescription and over-the-counter medication use by employees.
Apr 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM PT
Chronic migraines cause significant disability for many people so it is important that it be appropriately diagnosed and treated.
Pain BC is a program partner for the Chronic Pain Webinar Series hosted by the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute.
UPCOMING PAIN BC AND PARTNER EVENTS
YOGA FOR CHRONIC PAIN WORKSHOPS WITH NEIL PEARSONS
These upcoming yoga workshops are for health professionals, yoga teachers and people living with pain and are taught by Neil Pearson, PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, C-IAYT, ERYT500.
PAIN BC WEBINAR | PHARMACOGENOMICS FOR CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT
Jan 31 2018 - 12pm
Webinar details and description coming soon. Register now to reserve your spot!
BEST PRACTICE PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
Feb 23 2018 - 9 am PT to Feb 24 2018 - 5 pm PT
Pain BC is holding an advanced clinical workshop for Occupational Therapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and chronic pain.
CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP FOR CHIROPRACTORS
This workshop is intended for chiropractors or students of chiropractic interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of people living with complex and chronic pain.