Chronic pain begins with tissue damage, but continues or returns after tissues heal. Chronic pain can negatively impact mental and emotional wellbeing, social connections, and daily activities like school, work, and recreation.
Complex pain is caused by changes to the nervous system. As a result, the person experiences pain that may not correspond to tissue damage. Like chronic pain, complex pain can negatively impact mental and emotional wellbeing, social connections, and daily activities.
Video below: Understanding pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it (5:00, by GP Access and the Hunter Integrated Pain Service, Australia)
This video for children and teens explains how chronic pain involves rewiring of the brain, and how understanding this process can help you manage pain.
Video below: Understanding pain - and what's to be done about it in 10 minutes (11:15, by the German Paediatric Pain Centre)
This video for children and teens explains how chronic pain works, and how your brain is involved.
Video below: Mystery of chronic pain (7:58, Dr. Elliot Krane, for TED)
A pediatrician and anesthesiologist tells the story of a young patient with allodynia, and explains the role of the brain in chronic pain conditions.
Video below: Return to functioning in children and teens with chronic pain: The role of parents (50:49, by Dr. Erin Moon and Dr. Sue Bennett, BC Children's Hospital)
This webinar addresses the ways that chronic pain can impact a child or teen's life, and how parents can support a child or teen living with chronic pain.
Video below: Brainman chooses : Towards an evidence based approach (5:00, by Medicare local: Hunter, Bodynmind.org, UW Medicine Pain Medicine; Hunter New England Local Health District, University of South Australia, and NIH Pain Consortium)
Follow the choices that Brainman makes as he transitions toward an active, evidence-based approach to managing chronic pain .
Video below: The mysterious science of pain (5:03, by Dr. Joshua Pate, for TED)
The experience of pain is complicated. Dr. Pate identifies some of the factors that affect how you feel pain, and advocates for a multi-pronged approach to pain care.
Video below: Tame the beast: It's time to rethink persistent pain (5:00, by Prof. Lorimer Moseley and David Moen, South Australia)
This video, by a clinical pain scientist and physiotherapist, explains how you can shift your thought patterns to change how you experience pain.
BC Children’s Hospital promotes a balanced, collaborative partnership between:
We are committed to improving health outcomes and services. Learn about our approach in Mind-body techniques: Helping children to cope with painful procedures.
For more information about supporting your child’s pain and services available at BC Children’s go to our Pain management and comfort webpage.