Managing Chronic Pain

What is pain?

Pain is one of the main symptoms of a variety of conditions, such as arthritis. It may increase during a flare, and then subside at other times, but for most people with chronic pain, it will never entirely disappear.  
Do you know that pain starts in different parts of your body but lives in your head? Pain is perceived by the brain, whether it is sharp, dull, mild or very strong.
Pain signals are normally sent from nerve endings in your joints, muscles, and other tissues up through the spinal cord to the brain. The nerves carry a lot of information to the brain to make it take notice. The brain is the organ that actually perceives pain. The nerves in your body can only tell your brain that something has happened. Your brain needs to interpret all this information, not only the information from your nerves but also many aspects of your immediate environment, whether you have had an injury like this before, life factors like your personal and cultural beliefs, age, what you do for a living, earlier experiences of pain and your emotional state. After your brain interprets all this information from your nerves and other factors, then you feel pain. This is why people do not experience pain in the same way.

All pain is not the same. There is a big difference between acute and chronic/persistent pain.
Acute and Chronic Pain
The Pain Cycle
Techniques to Manage Pain
Heat and Cold
Physical Activity
Handling Fatigue
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Managing Chronic Pain

Managing Chronic Pain Managing Chronic Pain

Pain. For most people it’s the defining aspect of living with arthritis. But you don’t have to let chronic pain define you! This interactive online program will help you better understand your pain, and arm you with techniques and practical strategies to help manage pain and take back control of your life. Read more
Therapy Services

Therapy Services

A community-based rehabilitation service provided at no-cost to people of all ages with arthritis. Explore