You are not alone

Many people living with chronic pain can feel isolated and fearful. Moving toward a fuller, more rewarding life is a journey.

Click here to learn more about the journey from "patient" to "person" then explore our Chronic Pain Toolkit, at your own pace, to find resources to support you.

Resources in this toolkit may not express or reflect exact information that may be given to you by your MAC iOPS pharmacist based on your unique needs. These resources are for general purposes and are not necessarily relevant to all situations.

For people living with chronic non-cancer pain, it is most helpful to use a variety of strategies to help with managing the pain.

Our MAC iOPS team specializes in helping people get the most out of their medications, but medications are only one part of the solution and need to be combined with other therapies.

The six parts of chronic pain management are:

  • Self-management programs
  • Physical activity
  • Physical therapies
  • Psychological therapies
  • Pharmacologic options (medications)
  • Specialist/multidisciplinary clinic referral (if available)

Print-ready Toolkit

We have developed a chronic pain toolkit to help our MAC iOPS patients learn more about their pain condition and connect with resources and supports in each of the six areas of pain management to improve functioning and pain control.

Explore our digital toolkit below or click to download a pdf copy for print.

Digital Toolkit

Self-Management Programs and Workshops

Website: LiveWell with Chronic Pain Workshops (Saskatoon)
306-655-LIVE (5483)
Toll Free: 1-877-LIVE-898 (1-877-548-3898)


Cost: Free
Location: Saskatoon


These 6-week workshop series empower participants to develop new skills and abilities to self-manage by building confidence to manage and cope with chronic pain. In a small-group setting, participants can give and receive support from others who share a similar experience. Group leaders are specially trained volunteer Peer Leaders who may also live with shared experiences. Each weekly session is 2.5 hours and is open to individuals who live with chronic pain as well as caregivers for people experiencing chronic pain. LiveWell is also always looking for Peer Leaders to receive training and co-lead future sessions.

Website: LiveWell with Chronic Pain Workshops (Regina)
306-766-7370
Email: healthpromotionrqhr@rqhealth.ca

Cost: Free
Location: Regina


These 6-week workshop series empower participants to develop new skills and abilities to self-manage by building confidence to manage and cope with chronic pain. In a small-group setting, participants can give and receive support from others who share a similar experience. Group leaders are specially trained volunteer Peer Leaders who may also live with shared experiences. Each weekly session is 2.5 hours and is open to individuals who live with chronic pain as well as caregivers for people experiencing chronic pain. LiveWell is also always looking for Peer Leaders to receive training and co-lead future sessions.

LiveWell also offers chronic disease management programming in smaller centres outside of Saskatoon. These sessions are not necessarily specific to chronic pain, but still aim to help participants obtain information, learn new skills and abilities, and develop confidence in managing and coping with their chronic health condition. Programs may offer workshops that are 2.5 hours weekly for 6 consecutive weeks and are scheduled based on demand and enrollment. Other centres offer exercise therapy partnered with community exercise programs. Contact your nearest centre for more information about programming in your area.


Cost: Free
Locations (based on former health region):

 

Rural Central Booking

Toll Free:

1-855-250-7070

 

Athabasca Regional Health Authority

(Stony Rapids and Area)

306-439-2647

 

Cypress Health Region

(Swift Current and Area)

Toll Free: 1-877-401-8071

 

Five Hills Health Region

(Moose Jaw and Area)

306-694-0230

 

Heartland Health Region

(Rosetown and Area)

306-882-4111 ext. 2312

 

Keewatin Yatthé Health Region

(Île-à-la-Crosse and Area)

Contact provincial coordinator in Saskatoon to inquire:

306-655-0217

 

Kelsey Trail Health Region

(Nipawin and Area)

306-873-3760

Mamawetan Health Region

(La Ronge and Area)

Contact provincial coordinator in Saskatoon to inquire:

306-655-0217

 

Prairie North Health Region (The Battlefords and Area)

306-446-8613

Toll Free: 1-888-922-5867

chronicdisease@pnrha.ca

 

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region

(Prince Albert and Area)

Toll Free: 1-877-747-4363

livewellpa@paphr.sk.ca

 

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (Rural)

306-766-7370

healthpromotionrqhr@rqhealth.ca

 

Saskatoon Health Region (Rural)

306-655-5483

Toll Free: 1-877-548-3898

 

Sun Country Health Region

(Estevan and Area)

306-842-8711

Sunrise Health Region

(Yorkton and Area)

306-786-0236

 

Website: LiveWell Chronic Disease Management: Rheumatology Program

Toll Free: 1-877-LIVE-898 (1-877-548-3898)


Cost: Free
Location: Saskatoon
 
Specific programming for individuals living with rheumatic diseases, including arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, is aimed at helping people develop disease-specific self-management skills with the overall goal of improving daily functioning and quality of life. This team is made up of a rheumatology nurse clinician, dietitian, and exercise therapist who work closely with the client’s rheumatologist and primary care provider to help clients manage their condition.

Website: The First Step Program

306-975-3121
Email: sfh@saskatoon.ca

Cost: approx. $260 for 3 months of exercise, 3 times/week, plus education. Accessibility funding may be available by contacting the program coordinator to apply.
Location: Saskatoon
 
This program is a partnership between Saskatchewan Health Authority, LiveWell Chronic Disease Management, and the City of Saskatoon Community Services Department. Its aim is to promote wellness through education, strength training, and aerobic exercise. An exercise specialist assesses participants’ individual needs and works with individuals to set goals related to movement. Accepts self-referrals, but an application form is required.

Website: Love2Live Program
306-585-4004


Cost: $240 for 3 months of programming (regular rate is $440, but is currently subsidized by Saskatchewan Blue Cross), cost subject to change at anytime
Location: Regina
 
Love2Live is a partnership between the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina and the Saskatchewan Blue Cross. The program aims to increase participants’ level of physical fitness and functional capacity to improve quality of life. Physician referral is required.

Online Self-Management Resources

Website: Online Therapy Unit

Offered online through the University of Regina, these online courses were designed because chronic physical conditions, like chronic pain, are often connected to symptoms of depression and anxiety. The Chronic Conditions Course (including chronic pain) is made up of 5 lessons that each take 1 to 2 weeks to complete. The entire course is usually completed in 8 weeks. A course specific to psychoeducation for spinal cord injury rehabilitation could take up to 10 weeks to complete.

Website: SHA's Pain Management Research and Resources

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has a pain management webpage that discusses the basics of chronic pain management, based on the 4 P’s: preventative strategies, physical strategies, psychological strategies, and pharmacologic strategies. Their Research and Resources webpage catalogues a series of YouTube videos made here in the province, and links to other helpful resources.

Website: TAPMI Pain U


TAPMI is a multi-site, interdisciplinary academic pain program in Toronto. Individuals living in the Greater Toronto Area can access TAPMI through referral for both individual consultations with various healthcare providers and group self-management and physiotherapy sessions. TAMPI now offers their complete Pain U self-management program for free online. This program is exceptionally robust and can be completed at any pace.

Website: Live Plan Be 


Live Plan Be was developed by Pain BC to support individuals living with pain. Their website provides education about chronic pain, fillable self-assessment tools that may aid in tracking pain and function over time, and interactive goal-setting and action planning tools. Create an account to save self-assessments and action plans and to participate in the Live Plan Be community discussion forums.

Website: MacQuarie University's Pain Course

Based in Sydney, Australia, MacQuarie University’s Pain Course is now accepting participants worldwide to take part in a free, online pain management program designed to provide information about chronic pain and teach practical skills for managing the impact of pain on daily activities and emotional wellbeing. The course content aims to provide information and skills typically provided by a clinical psychologist trained in pain management. This course is delivered over 8 weeks and features 5 online lessons, DIY guides to practice new skills, case stories and examples. An online application is required to be completed in order to participate.

Website: Retrain Pain

Retrain Pain is a free, online collection of lessons about pain-related topics available in 23 different languages. Lessons are designed to be completed slowly, in small sections, to encourage individuals to reflect on applying the information to their unique situation. Each lesson generally takes between only 1 and 5 minutes to work through.

Website: Alberta Health Services: Chronic Pain Management Lecture Series


Alberta’s provincial health authority offers a series of recorded lectures uploaded to their official YouTube channel called AHSChannel. Lecturers present information about the nature of pain and the body’s reaction to chronic pain. Videos are categorized by self-management topic, and are usually less than 10 minutes each.

Website: BounceBack Online

BounceBack is a free skill-building program offered through the Candian Mental Health Association. It is designed to help individuals manage low mood, depression, anxiety, stress, and worry. The BounceBack Coaching and BounceBack Online programs are currently only offered to residents of BC and Ontario, but BounceBack Today Video is open-access to anyone online. Requires an email address to sign in using the link above (login code is bbtodaybc).

Mobile Apps

MindShift CBT – Anxiety Canada

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From the Anxiety Canada Association, MindShift not only serves as a mood tracker and thought journal, but also features Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tools and prompts to help re-adjust thoughts to better cope. Tracking moods and thoughts may be particularly helpful for individuals who experience brain fog.

FREE
Apple and Android

CBT-I Coach

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Designed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, CBT-I coach provides information about implementing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia to improve sleep quality. The app features a sleep diary and guided relaxation exercises to help relax the body for sleep.

FREE
Apple and Android

Woebot – your self-care expert

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Woebot is a robot that uses artificial intelligence to guide users to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tools to improve their mood, reduce stress, and live happier. The app is supported by research from Stanford University. Woebot checks in every day with its users and guides them through practical techniques such as challenging negativity and stress, and practicing gratitude. The check-ins also track mood over time.

FREE to download, in-app purchases
Apple and Android

Habit – Daily Tracker

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Offers a simple and intuitive interface to track habits on a daily basis. Populates graphs and statistics to provide results on progress.

FREE to download, in-app purchases
Apple and Android

Manage My Pain

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Tracks pain intensity, characteristics, and frequency in a shareable format. This app encourages users to focus on meaningful activities instead of limitations created by their pain.

FREE to download, in-app purchases
Apple and Android

Headspace

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Choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to sleep, productivity, exercise, and physical health – including short SOS meditations for when you’re on the go.

FREE to download, in-app purchases

Apple and Android

Calm

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A mindfulness app designed for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions range from 3 to 25 minutes in length.

FREE to download, in-app purchases

Apple and Android

Smiling Mind

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Developed by psychologists and educators, Smiling Mind is designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life.

FREE

Apple and Android

Insight Timer

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Offers over 300,000 free medications, in a variety of styles, from the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers.

FREE

Apple and Android

Stop, Breathe & Think

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Encourages you to check in with your emotions and recommends short guided meditations tuned to how you feel. A streak counter acts as a reward system to encourage daily meditation.

FREE to download, in-app purchases

Apple and Android

Relax Now

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Delivers guided hypnotherapy through a combination of spoken word and uplifting “binaural” music from a certified hypnotherapist.

FREE
Apple and Android

The Breathing App

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Based on the concept of resonant breathing, this app uses an exceptionally simple design to guide the length of each inhale and exhale to induce a sense of calm.

FREE
Apple and Android

My Opioid Manager

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Developed at University Health Network in Toronto, this app can be used to track medications, create pain diaries, and document pain on body diagrams.

FREE
Apple and Android

MyTherapy: Medication Tracker

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Tracks medication administration, blood pressure, heart rate, and a range of other health measurements in one app. Also contains an inventory manager that sends notifications when prescription refills are nearing due.

FREE
Apple and Android

MediSafe

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MediSafe is a very well designed and visually appealing app that can help individuals remember to take their scheduled medications on time. Users can select an icon to represent each medication to serve as a visual reminder. The app also contains medication-related advice and health information videos.

FREE
Apple and Android

Pillboxie

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Pillboxie is a very visually appealing app that reminds users to take their medications as scheduled. Users can select from various tablet and capsule shapes and capsules in the app to represent their actual medications and decrease the change of medication administration errors.

$2.79
Apple and Android

About Herbs

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From the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, About Herbs features evidence-based information on over 200 herbal products in patient-friendly language.

FREE
Apple and Android

Some pharmacies have their own app that integrates with the computer system at the pharmacy to synchronize prescription refills and reminders. Inquire at your preferred pharmacy for more information.

Podcasts

Available online at: http://painconcern.org.uk/airing-pain

Also available on Apple Podcasts, Audioboom, Spotify and Stitcher


With over 120 episodes, Airing Pain brings together people with chronic pain and medical specialists to discuss the chronic pain experience. Episodes cover a variety of topics including disease-state information about specific chronic pain diagnoses, as well as self-management and coping strategies.

Available online at: https://player.fm/series/life-over-pain

Also available on Apple Podcasts
 
Each episode of Life Over Pain features an inspiring story from someone who has lived with chronic pain and/or traumatic brain injury. Their stories are focused on sharing how they decided to make choices to adapt their circumstances to create lives full of value, despite pain and loss.

Available online at: https://www.spreaker.com/show/pain-wavesAlso available on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and Spotify
 
Pain Waves is a podcast created by Pain BC. Episodes feature specialists in the area of chronic pain talking about a variety of related topics. Episodes may also feature patient advocates sharing their stories about living with chronic pain.
Available online at: https://www.tamethebeast.org/stories 
Each podcast episode features a real-life story from someone with lived experience dealing with chronic pain. Episodes are less than 15 minutes in length. Available for free on the Tame the Beast website, each episode is accompanied by a summary of key learning points and information about digging deeper and learning more.

Books

Many of the recommended books in this section are available to borrow from Saskatchewan Libraries for free.

About library access: One library card provides residents of Saskatchewan with easy access to materials held at over 300 public library branches across the province. All municipal and regional library systems listed below share materials across the province. Public library holdings for the entire province are accessible through a single online catalogue, available at any of the links below or at http://catalogue.sasklibraries.ca/.

Municipal Libraries

 

Regina Public Library
2311 12th Ave
Regina, SK
http://www.reginalibrary.ca

Saskatoon Public Library
311 23 Street East
Saskatoon, SK
http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca

Prince Albert Public Library
125 – 12th Street East
Prince Albert, SK
http://www.jmcpl.ca

Regional Library Systems

 

Chinook Regional Library
1240 Chaplin Street West
Swift Current, SK
https://chinooklibrary.ca

Lakeland Library Region
1302 100th Street
North Battleford, SK
https://lakelandlibrary.ca

Southeast Regional Library
49 Bison Ave
Weyburn, SK
http://southeastlibrary.ca

Parkland Regional Library
P.O. Box 5049
Yorkton, SK
https://parklandlibrary.ca/

Palliser Regional Library
366 Coteau Street West
Moose Jaw, SK
https://palliserlibrary.ca

Wapiti Regional Library
145 12th Street East
Prince Albert, SK
https://wapitilibrary.ca

 

Wheatland Regional Library
806 Duchess Street
Saskatoon, SK
https://www.wheatland.sk.ca

Pahkisimon Nuyeʔáh Library System
118 Avro Place
Air Ronge, SK
https://pahkisimon.ca

 

Title

Author

Year

Available at SILS

Explain Pain (Second Edition)

David Butler and Lorimer Moseley

2013

No

Explain Pain Protectometer

David Butler and Lorimer Moseley

2014

No

Painful Yarns: Metaphors and Stories to Help Understand the Biology of Pain

Lorimer Moseley

2007

No

† SILS = Saskatchewan Information Library Consortium

About library access through SILS: One library card provides residents of Saskatchewan with easy access to materials held at over 300 public library branches across the province. All municipal and regional library systems listed below share materials across the province. Public library holdings for the entire province are accessible through a single online catalogue, available at any of the links below or at http://catalogue.sasklibraries.ca/.

Title

Author

Year

Available at SILS

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual

Devin Starlanyl

2001

Yes

The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and Life Planner Workbook: Healing Resources for Patients, Family and Friends

Dawn Hughes

2001

No

† SILS = Saskatchewan Information Library Consortium 

About library access through SILS: One library card provides residents of Saskatchewan with easy access to materials held at over 300 public library branches across the province. All municipal and regional library systems listed below share materials across the province. Public library holdings for the entire province are accessible through a single online catalogue, available at any of the links below or at http://catalogue.sasklibraries.ca/.

Title

Author

Year

Available at SILS

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Norman Doidge

2015

Yes

The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

Norman Doidge

2008

Yes

† SILS = Saskatchewan Information Library Consortium 

About library access through SILS: One library card provides residents of Saskatchewan with easy access to materials held at over 300 public library branches across the province. All municipal and regional library systems listed below share materials across the province. Public library holdings for the entire province are accessible through a single online catalogue, available at any of the links below or at http://catalogue.sasklibraries.ca/.

Title

Author

Year

Available at SILS

Mind Over Mood: Change How you Feel by Changing the Way you Think

Dennis Greenberger

2016

Yes

Managing Pain before it Manages You

Margaret Caudill

2016

Yes

Change your Pain Pathways: Ways to Cope with Pain in Daily Life

Bonnie Cai-Duarte, Cara Kircher, Bronwen Moore, Sarah Sheffe

2018

No

Pain Management for Older Adults: A Self-Help Guide

Thomas and Heather Hadjistravropoulos

2008

No

Understand Pain, Live Well Again: Life is Now

Neil Pearson

2015

No

Break Through Pain: A Step-By-Step Mindfulness Meditation Program for Transforming Chronic and Acute Pain

Shinzen Young

2004

Yes

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Steve C. Hayes

2005

No

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT

Russ Harris

2008

Yes

Quiet Your Mind & Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with Depression, Anxiety, or Chronic Pain

Colleen Carney and Rachel Manber

2009

Yes

The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night

Guy Meadows

2014

No

Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain

Kelly McGonigal

2009

Yes

† SILS = Saskatchewan Information Library Consortium 

About library access through SILS: One library card provides residents of Saskatchewan with easy access to materials held at over 300 public library branches across the province. All municipal and regional library systems listed below share materials across the province. Public library holdings for the entire province are accessible through a single online catalogue, available at any of the links below or at http://catalogue.sasklibraries.ca/.

Title

Author

Year

Available at SILS

The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Healing, and the Science of Suffering

Melanie Thernstrom

2010

Yes

Inside Chronic Pain: An Intimate and Critical Account

Lous Heshusius

2011

No

Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign

Marni Jackson

2002

Yes

My Imaginary Illness: A Journey into Uncertainty and Prejudice in Medical Diagnosis

Chloe G.K. Atkins

2011

No

† SILS = Saskatchewan Information Library Consortium

About library access through SILS: One library card provides residents of Saskatchewan with easy access to materials held at over 300 public library branches across the province. All municipal and regional library systems listed below share materials across the province. Public library holdings for the entire province are accessible through a single online catalogue, available at any of the links below or at http://catalogue.sasklibraries.ca/.

Mental Health

Online Directory of Mental Health Emergency/Crisis Hotlines

A complete and up-to-date directory of general crisis counselling, mobile crisis units throughout the province, suicide prevention lines, and domestic violence services. Never hesitate to call if you are in a crisis, or if your life or someone else’s is in danger.
 

Saskatoon Mobile Crisis - 24/7
306-933-6200
 
Regina Mobile Crisis Services - 24/7
306-757-0127
Suicide Hotline: 306-525-5333
 
Central Saskatchewan West Central Crisis and Family Support Centre
306-463-6655 (Mon-Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM)
306-933-6200 (After hours)
 
North Saskatchewan Piwapan Women’s Centre Crisis Line – 24/7
306-425-4090
 
Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit - Mon-Fri 4:00PM – 8:00AM, Sat-Sun 24h
306-764-1011
 
Southwest Saskatchewan Southwest Crisis Services – 24/7
1-800-567-3334
 
Crisis Services Canada – Suicide Prevention and Support - 24/7
Toll Free: 1-833-456-4566
416-915-4566

Website: Non-drug Ways to Manage Chronic Pain (see Handouts section)

 

Offers Saskatchewan-specific information about accessing evidence-based non-drug therapies to help better manage chronic pain.

"In 2018, a CADTH Environmental Scan was done to understand the current context around access to, and the availability of, non-drug methods for people with chronic pain across Canada. The scan highlighted issues with access to non-drug methods for chronic pain, as well as the very limited guidance available to support clinicians and patients in making evidence-informed decisions about how to choose an appropriate non-drug method for addressing chronic pain.


CADTH subsequently completed a series of evidence reviews to appraise and summarize the research on the effectiveness of non-drug methods for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain. Information from these evidence reviews was used to develop resources in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Health Authority."

Website: Community Adult Mental Health Services

Centralized Intake for the province: 306-655-7777
Cost: Free
Location: throughout Saskatchewan
 
Individuals who are experiencing significant distress related to anxiety, depression, stress-related problems, isolation and loneliness, oppression, trauma, abuse, violence, or relationship issues can receive appropriate counselling services. Staff at Centralized Intake can triage and connect individuals to resources and professionals in their area.

Website: Livewell Chronic Disease Management: Clinical Health Psychology

306-655-2341
Cost: Free
Location: Saskatoon
 
A clinical health psychologist is trained to apply psychological and behavioural strategies to address health related concerns. They can help individuals to better cope with stress related to illness by having open and confidential discussions about your concerns.  A referral from a healthcare professional is required.

Public directory of registered psychologists in Saskatchewan: http://www.skcp.ca/?page_id=53

Cost: May be associated with cost
Location: throughout Saskatchewan

Movement and Exercise

Website: Non-drug Ways to Manage Chronic Pain (see Handouts section)

 

Offers Saskatchewan-specific information about accessing evidence-based non-drug therapies to help better manage chronic pain.

"In 2018, a CADTH Environmental Scan was done to understand the current context around access to, and the availability of, non-drug methods for people with chronic pain across Canada. The scan highlighted issues with access to non-drug methods for chronic pain, as well as the very limited guidance available to support clinicians and patients in making evidence-informed decisions about how to choose an appropriate non-drug method for addressing chronic pain.


CADTH subsequently completed a series of evidence reviews to appraise and summarize the research on the effectiveness of non-drug methods for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain. Information from these evidence reviews was used to develop resources in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Health Authority."

 

Website: Physiocanhelp.ca


The Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s patient website features information specifically about using physiotherapy and exercise to better manage chronic pain.

Website: Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association
306-955-7265


Visit the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association to learn more about the role of physiotherapy in the management of chronic pain. The SPA website also features a directory of private and public practice physiotherapists specifically trained to help with pain.

Website: NeuroSask: Active and Connected

Email: neurosask@gmail.com

A virtual program tailored to people with neurological conditions for physiotherapy-guided movement and social-connection during COVID-19. NeuroSask is a Saskatchewan led initiative through the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine in collaboration with the MS Society of Canada, Parkinson Canada, Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan, Office of the SK MS Clinical Research Chair, and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. They offer a 30 minute movement class led by a physiotherapist, followed by a 30-45 min ‘connect’ activity that varies weekly. Program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm CST until the end of June 2020. Drop-ins accepted, online registration required.

Website: SHA Physical Therapy Services (Saskatoon and Area)

Saskatoon: 306-655-2431
Rural: 306-682-8105


Physical therapists in outpatient clinics associated with the Saskatchewan Health Authority may be able to help with managing chronic pain.

Website: Reachout! Virtual Peer Group - Home Workout

Join Peer Program Coordinator Scotty and Peer Marney for an at-home 30-minute group fitness session on Fridays. Anyone is welcome to join! It is best to connect with video, but audio and dial-in is available. This event is part of SCI BC’s ReachOut! Virtual Peer Groups. Zoom online conferencing and telephone dial-in is used to connect with everyone. Details on how to connect are available on their website.

Website: DoYogaWithMe.com

Cost: almost half of the videos on the website are completely free (additional content available to paid subscribers), no registration necessary

Hundreds of yoga tutorials and guided meditations for all skill levels, including gentle yoga for chronic pain relief.

Website: Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program (Saskatoon)

306-655-8208
Cost: individuals may be eligible for publicly funded physical therapy treatment
Location: Saskatoon


Women and men with persistent pain related to pelvic floor dysfunction can be seen for assessment and treatment by a physical therapist with specialized training. Physician referral is required.

Saskatchewan, as a province, is not short on places to go and things to do to get people up and moving. Many of the major cities and towns have community facilities and programming to help keep their population active. More information can be found by searching a specific community’s webpage for information on leisure services and facilities, or by calling the town hall to inquire. Some communities might even have Facebook pages run by citizens with similar interests who get together to stay active.
 
Saskatoon Parks, Recreation & Attractions
https://www.saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-attractions/recreational-facilities-sport-fields 


Regina Parks, Recreation, and Culture
https://www.regina.ca/parks-recreation-culture/classes-programs/

Medication and Complementary Therapies Information

Website: Government of Saskatchewan Health Benefits Coverage Webpage

The government’s website offers information about covered health services in the province, including prescription coverage. Searching the Saskatchewan Drug Plan’s drug formulary can provide information about which medications are publicly covered for those who meet eligibility criteria. Your local pharmacist can help with interpreting this information and providing an idea of what might be covered in individual cases.

Website: Hamilton Health Sciences Michael G. Degroote Pain Clinic Patient Resources


The Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic is one of Canada’s leading pain clinics. Their website contains a variety of useful resources for people living with chronic pain, including information packages for download about the most commonly used pain medications, interventional procedures, and complementary care options, such as acupuncture.

Website: Opioid Wisely (Choosing Wisely Canada)

Choosing Wisely Canada is a national organisation aimed at reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in health care. One of their campaigns, called Opioid Wisely, launched in 2018 with the support of over 30 participating healthcare organizations. The campaign was initiated at the encouragement of Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing. This website contains several patient resources to help individuals better understand when opioids can be helpful and when they should be avoided.

Websites:
Information and videos on opioid overdose risk and naloxone use
Information on take home naloxone kits in Saskatchewan


Anyone who uses opioids is at risk of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioid use. The Government of Saskatchewan website has information about preventing opioid overdoses from both prescribed opioids and illicit use. Naloxone is the antidote that temporarily reverses the opioid’s effect. Saskatchewan residents who are at risk of an opioid overdose, and perhaps more importantly the people around them who might witness an overdose, are eligible for free training and a free Take Home Naloxone (THN) kit.  Information about the government’s THN program and training can be found at this website.

Website: About Herbs Database

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, based in New England, offers one of the most comprehensive open-access databases for patient and health provider information about herbal and botanical products.  With information on over 275 products, each specific page features information on the herb’s known or suspected mechanism of action, most common reasons for use, warnings, potential side effects and adverse reactions, and herb-drug interactions.

Website: About Mind-Body Therapies Database

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website also features a database of evidence-based information about complementary care, including acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage therapy, meditation, music therapy, Qigong, Tai Chi (Tai Ji), and yoga. Note that this information is not specific to people experiencing chronic non-cancer pain, but that these resources are quite robust and offer information based on scientific research.

Website: https://medsask.usask.ca/general-public/what-we-do.php  
306-966-6378
Toll Free: 1-800-665-3784
Email: med.sask@usask.ca
 
Like the Medication Assessment Centre and MAC iOPS, medSask is another clinical program run by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. medSask is a source for reliable and accurate information about prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and herbal remedies for Saskatchewan residents. medSask pharmacists may provide information when your primary care provider or regular pharmacist are not available, such as in the evening or on the weekend.

RxFiles is another clinical service linked to the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. RxFiles specializes in developing resources and tools to help healthcare professionals keep up to date with the latest and most accurate drug information. RxFiles has also developed patient information booklets on a variety of substances used to treat chronic pain and associated diagnoses, including opioids, benzodiazepines, and cannabis. Ask your MAC iOPS pharmacist for an electronic or hard copy of any of these booklets.

Nutrition Information

Website: Eat Well Saskatchewan
1-833-966-5541
Email: eatwell@usask.ca 


Eat Well Saskatchewan is a dietitian call center operating out of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. The service provides free, confidential, easy access to the trusted advice of a dietitians to help individuals make healthier food choices and answer food and nutrition questions. Hours of operation can be found on Eat Well’s website.

Website: Cookspiration

Cookspiration was developed by Dietitians of Canada to provide Canadians with trusted nutrition and healthy eating advice on hundreds of topics. Recipes and information are categorized into dozens of genres. The website also features an interactive menu planner that can provide recipes, grocery lists, and nutrition facts for a variety of needs and diets, such as vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, budget friendly, and kid approved. Cookspiration also has an app for download on Apple and Android.

Website: unlockfood.ca

UnlockFood.ca is Canada’s source for information on nutrition, food, and healthy eating. The website features recipes, videos, and interactive healthy eating tools. All content is written and reviewed by dietitians using trusted, practice-based evidence. Use the Find a Dietitian directory to find a dietitian in your area. 

Peer Support and Community Engagement

Living with chronic pain is often an isolating experience, especially for individuals who feel that no one understands what they are experiencing. Connecting to peer support groups can help individuals receive empathy and support that can improve quality of life and ability to cope. Even “liking” and following an organization on Facebook that supports the improvement of chronic pain management can help increase the sense of engagement in a supportive community.

 

SaskPain

"The Saskatchewan Pain Society Inc. (SaskPain) is the hub for information about pain for people living in Saskatchewan. We link people living with pain, families, and healthcare providers with information about Saskatchewan health services, educational opportunities and research.
Members of the public are invited to share their personal stories about managing pain in Saskatchewan."

https://www.saskpain.ca/

Action Ontario
(for people with neuropathic pain)

https://actionontario.ca/

Arthritis Foundation

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/detail?content=aboutarthritis

Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance

http://arthritispatient.ca/

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network

https://survivornet.ca/

Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders

www.raredisorders.ca

Canadian Spondylitis Association

https://www.spondylitis.ca/

Canadian Women’s Health Network

http://www.cwhn.ca/en

Crash Support Network
(for survivors of motor vehicle accidents)

https://crashsupportnetwork.com/

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

https://crohnsandcolitis.ca/

Chronic Pain Association of Canada

https://chronicpaincanada.com/index.html

Endometriosis Network of Canada

https://endometriosisnetwork.com

Endometriosis Support Group YQR

https://www.facebook.com/ReginaEndoAwareness/

International Pelvic Pain Society

https://www.pelvicpain.org/

Lupus Canada

https://www.lupuscanada.org/

Migraine Canada

https://migrainecanada.org/

Mood Disorders Association of Canada

https://mdsc.ca/

Pain BC

https://www.facebook.com/PainBc

Patients Like Me
(variety of chronic pain conditions)

https://www.patientslikeme.com/

RSD/CRPS Canada
(Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)

http://www.rsdcanada.org/

Saskatchewan Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis Warriors

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaskEndoWarriors

Scleroderma Canada

https://www.scleroderma.ca/

Sjögren’s Society of Canada

www.sjogrenscanada.org

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario E-Community

https://sciontario.org/

The Canadian Arthritis Society

https://arthritis.ca/

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada

http://tnac.org/tnac/

Veterans Affairs

https://www.veterans.gc.ca

Women’s Health Initiative Network

http://whin.ca/

If you have any questions or comments about the tools and resources listed in this toolkit, speak with your MAC iOPS pharmacist.

If you would like to suggest a new section or specific resource, contact taylor.raiche@usask.ca.