92 episodes

The Pain Waves podcast by Pain BC is where you can hear leading chronic pain experts and people living with pain discuss the latest pain management research, tools, stories, and trends.

Pain BC is a registered health charity that has been leading efforts to improve the lives of people in pain through empowerment, care, education and innovation. Learn more at painbc.ca.

DISCLAIMER: The content provided on the show is for informational purposes only and is not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor is it intended to be a substitute therefore. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider properly licensed to practice medicine or general health care in your area. Go to https://www.painbc.ca/privacy-agreement-terns-conditions for more.

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The Pain Waves podcast by Pain BC is where you can hear leading chronic pain experts and people living with pain discuss the latest pain management research, tools, stories, and trends.

Pain BC is a registered health charity that has been leading efforts to improve the lives of people in pain through empowerment, care, education and innovation. Learn more at painbc.ca.

DISCLAIMER: The content provided on the show is for informational purposes only and is not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor is it intended to be a substitute therefore. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider properly licensed to practice medicine or general health care in your area. Go to https://www.painbc.ca/privacy-agreement-terns-conditions for more.

    Yes And: Mental health and chronic pain

    Yes And: Mental health and chronic pain

    Chronic pain is a challenging condition to live with on its own – unfortunately, many people living with pain also face mental health challenges. On this episode of the Pain Waves podcast, we’re joined by Tristen Wybou, Pain BC’s Coaching for Health lead, who has lived and professional experience facing chronic pain and mental health concerns. 

    He shares with us the correlation between pain and mental health as well as steps those who are living with both can take to better understand their conditions.

    Listener discretion is advised. 

    • 28 min
    Paving the path towards painless patient engagement

    Paving the path towards painless patient engagement

    Not long ago, researchers would only involve people with lived experience in their work as research participants. Nowadays, patient engagement has become an essential part of the research process, but many researchers are unfamiliar with how to incorporate the patient perspective.  


    On this episode of the Pain Waves podcast, we’re joined by Dawn Richards, the Director of Patient and Public Engagement at Clinical Trials Ontario, and Linda Hunter, a semi-retired nurse and health care executive. Both live with chronic pain and are involved in patient engagement in research. With a panel of patient partners and the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, they have developed a course breaking down how to do patient engagement in research.  

    You can learn more about the course here: cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/27297.html#a2

    • 59 min
    Designing a self-management program for chronic pain: LivePlanBe+

    Designing a self-management program for chronic pain: LivePlanBe+

    Living with chronic pain can be an overwhelming experience. While no two bodies are the same, self-management is an invaluable tool many people living with pain find empowering and effective at improving their quality of life. Pain Canada’s new program, LivePlanBe+, is a free, virtual and self-paced tool aimed at people living with pain who are interested in developing their self-management skills.

    On this episode of the Pain Waves podcast, we’re joined by David Hyldig and Ari Spence, two people who contributed their lived and professional experiences to the creation of LivePlanBe+.

    LivePlanBe+ is now available in both English and French. To learn more, visit: liveplanbeplus.ca.

    • 21 min
    Effective Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain

    Effective Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain

    Our understanding of opioids has changed dramatically in the past decade. The pendulum swing of policy guidelines and best practice has left many health care providers unsure how to best support patients with chronic pain. Pain Canada’s new program, Effective Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain (EPOCH), aims to bridge that gap.

    This month on the Pain Waves podcast, we’re joined by Dr. Kathleen Doukas, a family physician, lecturer and a faculty member for this program.

    To learn more about EPOCH, visit: painbc.ca/health-professionals/education/epoch

    • 31 min
    National Pain Awareness Week with Take a Pain Check

    National Pain Awareness Week with Take a Pain Check

    What does the future of pain care look like in Canada? This National Pain Awareness Week, we’re joined by Natasha Trehan of Take a Pain Check, a podcast, non-profit organization and virtual community for youth and young adults living with rheumatic diseases. She tells us about the inspiration for Take a Pain Check, her work with Pain Canada, and the importance of raising awareness of chronic pain during weeks like NPAW.

    To learn more about Take a Pain Check, visit: takeapaincheck.com

    • 17 min
    Putting the Pieces Together

    Putting the Pieces Together

    Eight million people in Canada live with pain, an experience that can be isolating. One of the goals of the brand new Putting the Pieces Together conference – designed by people living with pain, for people living with pain – is to create new connections and community. This month on the Pain Waves podcast, we’re joined by Jenny Lorca, a somatic therapist, Pain BC volunteer, and a member of the steering committee for Putting the Pieces together.

    To learn more about Putting the Pieces Together, running from November 7-10, 2022, visit: paincanada.ca/events/putting-the-pieces-together

    • 32 min

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