Pain that lasts for 3 months or longer is called chronic. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines chronic pain as pain that lasts or recurs for more than three months. Some people experience acute pain. The difference between acute pain and chronic pain is explained in this Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes video.
Northern Health Pain Services
To access the pain services clinic in Prince George you’ll need a referral from a medical specialist, family doctor, palliative care, or a nurse practitioner. Referrals are accepted for these issues:
- Back pain with or without leg pain
- CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
- Uncontrolled cancer pain
- Neck pain
- WCB cases
Other Pain Supports
Pain BC Support Line
Phone: 1-844-880-7246 (PAIN)
Online: Self-Referral Form
Coaching for Health Program: 1-844-430-0818 ext 2 (requires a referral from a licensed medical professional)
- Self-Management BC Chronic Pain Program or call toll free 1-866-902-3767 to be put on a waitlist.
- Self-Management BC Upcoming Workshops
Preventing Chronic Pain
- What increases your risk for chronic pain?
- Preventing chronic pain
- When to call a doctor about chronic pain
Managing Pain Resources
- Pain BC Toolbox created by leading pain experts offers pain management resources to help cope with chronic pain.
- Live Plan Be is an interactive platform with pain education, self-management tools and peer support forum.
- MYCAREPATH has information and resources for youth and care providers provided by BC Children’s Hospital, UBC, Pain BC and SIO Lab.
- Know your medication
If you need information about medical travel you can visit NH Connections.