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1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain. The common definition of chronic pain in the medical literature is pain lasting beyond 3 months.

Chronic pain requires a multi-modal approach to treatment - that is, one thing is unlikely to make it better. And it takes a lot of work to make it better. Medications are only tiny part of that solution (note that opioids are no longer indicated for most chronic non-cancer pain), with both physical and psychological (mind) therapy playing a much more important role. Please see the embedded videos on chronic pain, low back pain, and opioids for more detailed explanations. Please also see the websites and handouts below looking at how to deal best with chronic pain.