What Can I Do About My Pain?

This module will outline some of the things you can do to manage your pain on your own, or with your healthcare providers.

Get educated

Learn as much as you can about chronic pain and how to manage it. This website will help you. If you have been referred to BC Children’s Hospital, complete the three modules and all the quizzes before you come to the clinic.

Pain affects more than just your body

Chronic pain isn’t just about what’s going on in your nervous system. To understand it, you need to look at your whole person:

To do this we use the Biopsychosocial Model (Biological/Psychological/Social):

  1. Biological: What’s going on in your body
  2. Psychological: What’s going on in your mind
  3. Social: What’s happening in your life at home and with your schooling

Most people have more success treating chronic pain when they deal with all three parts of the Biopsychosocial Model. That’s why approaches to treatment include paced, practiced and increased activity; learning about the mind-body connection; and sometimes medications or interventions for pain.

Take control

Take an active role in managing your pain and your health. Your doctors and parents cannot do everything for you. With persistence and support from your family and healthcare providers, you can take control of your pain.


We know that chronic pain is caused by neuroplastic change. When we have a diagnosis of chronic pain, it means that appropriate medical investigations are complete. When this time comes, it is important to stop further medical investigation and instead focus on restoring function to the important areas of your life that may have been impacted by pain. These include: your activity level, ability to move, schooling, mood, emotions, and relationships with your family and friends.

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