Self-Management of Chronic Pain

Dr. Pamela Squire, MD, CCFP, DCAPM, ISAM, CPE, discusses self-management of chronic pain.

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Dr. Pamela Squire, MD, CCFP, DCAPM, ISAM, CPE, discusses self-management of chronic pain.
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Featuring Dr. Pamela Squire, MD, CCFP, DCAPM, ISAM, CPE

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds        

Most physicians will assess chronic pain by looking at the particular part of you that is in pain, deciding if they need any investigations, whether they should have consultations to help them understand why you're having chronic pain, and then try to look at the impact of chronic pain and decide if you're having problems with anxiety or depression and look at ways to manage that.  

An important part of chronic pain management involves self-management. Self-management is a cornerstone to chronic pain management. It gives the patient the ability to control their pain and what their pain does to them.  

Examples of that would be learning techniques such as pacing, setting goals, developing a pain team, developing a plan for when your pain flares.

It involves utilizing things like meditation, yoga, a personal trainer, massage therapist, acupuncture, and exercise to reduce either the pain or the effect that pain has on their life.

Presenter: Dr. Pamela Squire, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.