Take charge of your pain and reduce pain related disability
What is the Persistent Pain?
Persistent pain, also known as chronic pain, is pain that lasts beyond the expected period of healing. The Persistent Pain Program at EPA is an evidence-based treatment program aimed at preventing and reducing disability associated with chronic pain. It an individualized program that allows you to take charge of your own pain. It provides answers to your questions about pain and evidence-based strategies to help you overcome
Is the Persistent Pain Program for you?
A specific screening process is used to ensure that you are suitable candidate before beginning the program, but the criteria listed below can help you decide if the persistent pain program is for you.
Persistent Pain Education criteria:
- Pain for 12 weeks or longer; OR
- Pain for 6 weeks or longer and currently off of work or having difficulty performing day-to-day activities due to pain
Progressive Goal Attainment criteria:
- Pain for 6 weeks or more and currently off of work or having difficulty performing your day-to-day activities due to pain
There are two components:
1. PPEP – Persistent Pain Education Program
2. PGAP – Progressive Goal Attainment Program
Target risk factors for chronic pain:
Validated screening tools are used to identify patients who have psychosocial risk factors associated with chronic pain.
Identifying psychosocial risk factors:
- Excessive focus on pain
- Fear of participating in activities that might increase pain
- Sense of unfairness about pain
- Inappropriate thoughts and beliefs about pain and disability