Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management Program (CNCPMP)

About the program

The Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management Program (CNCPMP) focuses on providing multidisciplinary therapy to support patients and providers to improve decision making in chronic pain management through education, empowerment and access to alternative resources with the goal of improving quality of life.

The core team of health-care professionals who care for patients in the CNCPMP include:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social Workers

The program essentially focuses on helping to reduce the impact pain has on individuals and their families.  We understand that chronic pain can have a significant impact on physical health (being active), emotional health (thoughts and feelings), and social well-being (work, family, and spending time with friends).  Because of the complex nature of chronic pain, our team members work together to provide an intense rehabilitation approach that focuses on each of these domains using the “3 P” approach.

3 P Approach

  • Pharmacological Treatment (Medicine) – Our team of nurses and nurse practitioners will evaluate how medications can be used to treat or reduce pain.  Our hope is to minimize and eliminate the use of analgesic pharmacotherapies (including narcotics as well as OTC drugs) when possible.
  • Psychological/Psychosocial Treatment – The Chronic Pain Program knows that your pain is real. We also know that your thoughts and feelings play a powerful role in treatment.  Our social workers use various cognitive, behavioral and acceptance-based approaches to provide you and your family with the skills necessary to cope-with and manage your chronic pain and to promote your emotional well-being.
  • Physical Treatments – “If you don’t use it, you lose it!” The Chronic Pain Program knows that a lack of movement can decondition your body and increase your pain.  This can affect your mood, your thoughts, and your overall outlook on life.  Our occupational therapists will look at creative ways of increasing your movement and activity with the goal of improving your endurance, strength, posture, sensory experience and overall function.

How do I obtain treatment at CNCPMP?

Please request a referral from your family physician or nurse practitioner.


Other Resources

Canada Pain Society

Promoting Awareness of RSD and CRPS in Canada

American Chronic Pain Association