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Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic

Many outpatient clinics in the hospital, including the Michael DeGroote Pain Clinic, have had their services restricted due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This decision was made to ensure patient safety, and to help improve the healthcare system’s response to COVID-19. We understand that limited access to our services during the COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful and frustrating for many patients and families. Here is a list of resources for coping with emotional distress and pain. While we acknowledge that the listed resources are not a replacement for your usual care, we hope these strategies can offer some help while we wait for outpatient services to fully resume.

Chronic Pain is a condition affecting roughly 1 in 10 Canadians.  It involves a complex set of physical, cognitive, emotional, social and environmental factors.  We understand the challenges involved in trying to assist people suffering from chronic pain and we are here to help.

We are an interdisciplinary team with expertise in the management and treatment of chronic pain. As leaders in innovation and evidence based practices, our team works in collaboration with the patient, their family and referral sources. Our goal is to support adaptive changes to improve daily functioning, productivity and overall quality of life. Through exemplary care chronic pain patients will be empowered to improve their quality of life.

The Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic is the 2019 Partnership Award recipient in recognition of their outstanding commitment to collaboration for the benefit of the health and well being of our Indigenous peoples. De dwa de dehs nye>s primary care team and specialists from the Michael G DeGroote Pain Clinic have provided our first culturally safe, patient centred, chronic pain management clinics at both of our locations in Hamilton and Brantford.


Referral Forms

Referral forms for healthcare providers can be found here.

Pain Management Program

After we receive your referral, you will be booked for an assessment and provided with education, fitness, relaxation and goal setting opportunities. A treatment plan will be provided to you as your family physician.

Our team includes Physicians, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Dietitians.

A referral from your family doctor is required. All referred patients must attend an assessment to determine their suitability for the program and care pathway.

Pain Management Program

Intensive Pain Program (Fee for Service)

This four-week day program for adults with chronic pain can teach you strategies to improve your function and quality of life. Participation in our program connects you with others who have chronic pain and with our experienced staff. You do not have to figure it out by yourself. Within this environment, you can learn and apply skills to help you cope with your pain condition.  We have found that when pain is managed properly, over time, pain levels can decrease.

Patients participate in structured activities and set goals in the area of productivity, work, physical fitness, social re-integration, recreation, nutrition, and family.  As well, patients may be prescribed medication for their mood, as necessary, because if left untreated mood problems can become a barrier to rehabilitation.

Our goal is to provide patients with strategies and skills that they can apply to their own home and workplace environments.

Services include:

  • occupational therapy
  • functional activities like group outings and horticulture
  • fitness programs like hydrotherapy and yoga
  • psychology
  • medication management
  • social work
  • nutrition
  • daily relaxation therapy
  • goal setting
  • group discussions
  • return to work discussions

What will you be doing in 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. 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.

Intensive Pain Program Brochure

Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic is a proud member of the Ontario Rehab Alliance. 

Interventional Services/Medical Management

Our goal is to enable changes in chronic pain sufferers so they can improve overall functioning and quality of life.  We provide management for chronic non-malignant pain conditions. This includes:

  • epidural steroid injections (at three levels: cervical, thoracic and lumbar)
  • facet joint injections
  • radiofrequency lesioning
  • stellite ganglioin and lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • acupuncture
  • paravertebral injections
  • minor nerve blocks

Clinic Brochure

Pelvic Pain Program

Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP) is pain that appears in the pelvis, anterior abdominal wall, lower back, or buttocks, that lasts for at least six months and is serious enough to cause a disability. We have a pelvic pain program for males and females.

The treatment team consists of pain physicians, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, and pelvic health physiotherapists.

A referral from your gynecologist or urologist is required.

Treatments are once a week for 8 weeks, for approximately 2.5 hours. Topics include:

  • Science of Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Emotion Regulation for Pelvic Pain
  • Anatomy of Pelvic Floor Health & Flare-ups
  • Trauma-focuses workshops
  • Pacing, Self-Management & Goals
  • Communication, Intimacy & Relationships
  • Promoting Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Bowel & Bladder Management

Pelvic Pain Brochure

Fibromyalgia Pain Management Program

Fibromyalgia is a pain condition of the central nervous system characterized by multi-site body pain including pain in multiple joints, back, neck, and face.  Symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread pain, overwhelming fatigue, nonrestorative sleep, cognitive difficulties, anxiety, and depression.  There is no cure for fibromyalgia. There are also no single medication strategies that work. International guidelines have identified that an interdisciplinary approach to fibromyalgia is the only approach that can reduce symptoms  Here at MGD Pain Clinic, our goal is to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and tools to increase your function and improve your quality of life.
The patient must be at the center of this approach and must have treatment goals.

What will I learn from the MGD Fibromyalgia Pain Management Program?

  • Learn foundations of self-management
  • The importance of fitness and proper body mechanics
  • How chronic pain impacts sleep and the role of medication
  • Role of nutrition in symptom management
  • Relationship between gut health and pain
  • Mindfulness to calm your mind and ease tension
  • How your thinking impacts the way you feel
  • The importance of goal setting in improving your quality of life
  • How to pace and modify your daily activities
  • Managing trauma and building resilience

Fibromyalgia Brochure

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Program Testimonials

HHS patient soldiers on with virtual pain program

“When I learned that the pain clinic sessions had been moved to a virtual environment, I was skeptical. How would online participation be helpful, given that my pain is far from virtual? I had a disappointing hunch that online delivery wouldn’t address my experiences or needs.

The program in fact helped enormously: I learned about pain theory, how to manage my pain, and how to incorporate some important lifestyle changes. I also participated in physiotherapy sessions that were, given the limitations of a web cam, surprisingly helpful.

The program’s interprofessional health team clearly cares about sharing their expertise and connecting with participants. The screen hardly made a difference, and in some contexts, virtual delivery of the content actually encouraged me to immediately consider how to integrate the information into my life. Moreover, if I needed to take a break, I just turned off the webcam and lay down, where I was able to keep listening and participating without feeling self-conscious the way I would have in a hospital classroom.

Having finished the virtual program, I feel less overwhelmed by my pain and more in control. Most importantly, I’ve benefited so much from simply having my pain seen.” Elizabeth- Virtual 8 week Program (June 2020)

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the Pain Clinic experience. It has re-freshened a desire to get out and enjoy what life has to offer at my own pace, direction and tempo. The Clinic has awakened suppressed enthusiasm for life. A life that includes an acknowledgment of pain and the capabilities to combat the negative association thought process.…and away we go!” A.B. Jan 2020 program graduate

“This clinic and the dedicated people that work here never lay claim to make your life pain free.  But if you have an open mind and a willingness to learn you can learn just how every day life can affect your pain levels.  With the techniques and knowledge learned here, it just might make your day a little easier and a little easier is a good thing on a daily basis.  My deepest thanks and gratitude to the staff.”  Mr. Dale J. Hall, Veteran, completed the 4 week Intensive Program

“The Program helped me with depression, anxiety, stress, and physical ability.  All the staff were great in giving advice and knowledge to us. They were courteous and professional. I was taught more about chronic pain in one month than I have received in four years.”


Cannabis E-Learning Course for individuals with chronic non-cancer pain who are taking cannabis for medical purposes. Registration is FREE.

Course Title: Using Cannabis for Medical Purposes.

This is a 23 lesson course with topics on what is cannabis, cannabis and your body, using cannabis medically, activities of daily living, and conversations with others.

Datacann Registry (Database for Cannabis Consumption & Study)

There are little health outcome data regarding the physical, psychological and social outcomes of people with chronic non-cancer pain using cannabis. Therefore the purpose of Datacann is to establish a research database to collect real-world data on large samples of patients who are using cannabis medicinally. Watch our video to learn more.

CONCEPT (Cannabis Oil for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Treatment-Alpha: A randomized Controlled Trial)

CONCEPT is a study starting in April 2019. It is trial to primarily determine the effects of cannabis on average pain scores in patients with non-cancer pain.

For more information: clinicaltrials.gov#NCT03635593

For more information on any of the above please contact pattersl@hhsc.ca or 905-521-2100, Ext 74279

Patient Resources

There are many patient resources available to support you in your journey, including fact sheets on medications and procedures, links to community resources, tai chi videos, and relaxation CDs. Visit our Patient Resources page to learn more.


The Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic is conducting rigourous and high quality research using a large interdisciplinary team of highly skilled and experienced individuals specializing in chronic pain.

In addition to our work at the clinic, our team of physicians and health professionals contribute knowledge to the broader chronic pain community through publications and presentations.

We also engage in ongoing quality improvement to enhance pain services for our patients.

Learn more about current and future research projects.

Self Management Program

Chronic Pain Self Management Workshops for Hamilton Niagara, Haldimand, and Brant LHIN are available. The program is delivered for 2 hours/week over a 6 week period in a community setting. There is no cost to the participant and no referral required. Call to register or register online. Classes are filled on a first come basis to a maximum of 20 participants. View dates and details!

Learning how to manage pain so that you can get on with living a satisfying fulfilling life can represent a daily challenge for those faced with chronic pain.  The Chronic Pain Self Management Program will teach you a variety of tools that can help you meet that challenge.  The research studies found that, on average, people who have taken the program have more vitality, less pain, less dependence on others, improved mental health, and more involved in everyday activities compared to people who have not taken the program.


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The Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic appreciates our volunteers. They are an integral part of our Program, and their contribution of time and knowledge offered to pain patients each week is greatly valued.

Please visit the volunteering section for further information regarding becoming a volunteer at Hamilton Health Sceinces.

If you are interested in a volunteer position at the MGD Pain Clinic please email us at pain@hhsc.ca or phone 905-521-7931.