Hamilton Health Sciences
Patient Information

Is This Program For You?

  • Has your pain continued to bother you for six months or more?
  • Have you tried a number of medications and treatments without adequate relief?
  • Does chronic pain interfere with your peace of mind, ability to enjoy your family, your leisure, or your work?
  • Has someone told you, "You've got to learn to live with it", but you find this hard to do because you don’t know how?

If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions READ ON. The following information about the Chronic Pain Management Unit may be of value to you.

We Help You Learn How To Manage Your Pain So That You:

  • Increase your functioning despite pain
  • Feel more in control of your life again
  • Are more physically active and fit
  • Improve the quality of your life
  • Regain hope for your future
  • Be less emotionally distressed and/or worried
  • Set and achieve goals in your life

The Program Is Not:

A place that offers other treatments in attempt to ‘fix’ pain or make your pain go away.

Who Assists You While At The Program?

An interdisciplinary team of health care professionals- physicians, pharmacist, psychologist, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, social worker, dietetic assistant, and administrative staff. - All working together under one roof for you!

What Will You Be Doing At The Program?

  • You will be part of a group of approximately six to eight people.
  • You attend a daily fitness and walking program.
  • There are lectures and discussions to learn about improving the quality of your life and ways to manage your pain.
  • You will prepare your own lunch with your group. Food is provided by the Program.  You will also participate in group meal preparation classes, led by the Dietetic Assistant.
  • We show you how to manage your medications more appropriately and teach other pain management techniques outside of medication.
  • You will learn self-help methods; such as how to pace and schedule daily activities, modifying tasks, goal setting, and how to do relaxation, just to name a few. These skills are transferable to home, school, work and social areas of your life.
  • There are opportunities to discuss vocational/work issues and important problems affecting your health and personal life.
  • Because families are frequently affected as well, by the pain problem, individual sessions can be arranged for you and your spouse and/or other family members. We want to include the people most important to you in private family discussions so you will have support at home for the things you have been learning in the program.
  • Being part of a group provides you with an opportunity to share your experiences with others. It is a great opportunity to renew your social self.

Remember, we are a Pain Management Program. The program is set up in a way that will make people like yourself, living despite chronic pain, SUCCESSFUL!

How Do I Know This Program Is For Me?

The program can help you if you are ready to change how you do things. There are plenty of opportunities to practice different or easier ways of doing things that are important to you. The program is varied between fitness, sitting, talking, walking, and socializing.

Do I Need To Do Anything Before I Come To This Program?

Try to increase your walking and climb stairs at home over a few days to get a sense of what you can manage. Think about what has been affected in your life by the chronic pain condition and what do you want to change? If you are motivated to do things differently this program may be for you.

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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