Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than three to six months. It often has no known cause, but can exist along with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). It can also be the result of work- or vehicle-related accidents.
Health Canada reports that one in five people (across the lifespan) live with chronic pain, which can impact all areas of a person's life, including mind, body and spirit.
Learning what you can do to manage your pain
It is common to feel like persistent pain is controlling your life; self-management strategies put you back in control. When we wait for pain to be cured, our life is put on hold. Learning about persistent pain and understanding your own experience of it gives you the chance to influence it. Self-Management strategies empower you to prevent increases in pain, to modify pain, and to improve your day-to-day function and quality of life
Learn about the Pain Cycle and frequently asked questions:
Healthcare professionals provide care in many settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools and people’s homes, but for those individuals who don’t have a fixed address and require care, some community health services staff go to them.