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Brain imaging is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety.

For scientists, pain has long presented an intractable problem: it is a physiological process, just like breathing or digestion, and yet it is inherently, stubbornly subjective—only you feel your pain. It is also a notoriously hard experience to convey accurately to others.
Virginia Woolf bemoaned the fact that “the merest schoolgirl, when she falls in love, has Shakespeare or Keats to speak her mind for her; but let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a doctor and language at once runs dry.” Elaine Scarry, in the 1985 book “The Body in Pain,” wrote, “Physical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it.”

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Living Well with Chronic Pain - Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day-to-day management of their chronic pain condition.

Program Benefits

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a 6-session evidence-based workshop designed for those dealing with chronic pain. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day to day management of their chronic pain condition. This program has also been proven effective with family and caregivers. This program also aims to help participants better communicate with their health care providers and make healthy day-to-day decisions.


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Chronic musculoskeletal conditions (specifically low back pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis) are highly prevalent in mid-life and older adults and adversely affect mobility.

Chronic musculoskeletal conditions account for over 50% of disability in adults over 65.

Declines in physical activity associated with chronic musculoskeletal conditions are directly linked to an increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disease.  Patients often experience a downward spiral of pain, reduced physical activity, increased co-morbidities adn health concerns that negatively impact quality-of-life and sense of well-being.  The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) identifies musculoskeletal conditions in older adults as priority conditions, calling for healthcare organizations to improve management strategies.

A number of community programs have been developed that are successful in reducing health risk and improving mobility for individuals with chronic pain conditions, however, care coordination between health providers and community programs is poor.

Providers only refer between 20-35% of individuals at greatest need to community programs and even fewer access the programs.

This suggests that despite numerous resources, we have not established the optimal support mechanisms for sustained physical activity in this population.  The focus of the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. project is to work with patient and community stakeholders interested in improving mechanisms for sustaining physical activity in mid-life and older adults with pain and limited mobility.