Patients who suffer with chronic pain.
The purpose of this clinic is to assist individuals in their efforts to cope with persistent pain. The Pain Management Program at the North Bay Regional Health Centre offers a multifaceted approach to dealing with chronic pain. The goal is to provide patients with education about their condition and develop strategies for coping with pain so that they may live as full and functional a life as possible. The NBRHC is dedicated to helping patients develop coping skills so that pain ceases to be the focus in their lives.
This clinic is provided on an outpatient basis. Treatment may include consultation with the physician for the diagnosis and management of chronic pain disorders as well as interventional options such as medications, pain blocks, education and problem solving as applicable for various sources of chronic pain.
Your visit to the Pain Management Clinic
During your first visit, the physician will conduct an initial assessment. This assessment will include a review of the patient's history and a discussion about further investigations if indicated, and treatment options. The physician will work with the patient to develop a treatment plan. If extensive investigations are planned, patients may be referred back to their family physician, specialist etc.. Please allow one (1) hour for the first assessment.
Follow-up visits are generally more frequent earlier on, less frequent as the treatment progresses.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered to be chronic pain?
Chronic pain is defined as “pain lasting longer than six months or pain persisting beyond the reasonable amount of time for an injury to heal”. Chronic pain affects many people.
Where do I go when I arrive?
Registration is done in the clinic with the clerk. We ask that you report to the clinic 15 minutes before your appointment to get registered.
A family physician or specialist referral is required.
Please bring your Ontario Health Card with you.