For many years I have heard people with chronic pain describe how difficult it has been to find good, reliable and useful information about chronic pain and how to live with it. Information available on the Internet is not always up-to-date or based on the latest scientific knowledge about pain, and so unless you are an expert, it is often impossible to work out if what you are reading is the best advice you can get about how to live with chronic pain.
The ACI Pain Management Network website (www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/chronic-pain) launched recently finally addresses this problem. The website is an initiative of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation’s Pain Management Network, which is led by experts in the field of chronic pain and includes medical and allied health professional representatives, as well as representatives from consumer groups.
The website includes facts sheets and videos covering topics such as:
- pain and physical activity
- pain and medications
- pain and sleep, and
- getting help from your healthcare team
There is also a page specifically dedicated to young people with chronic pain “PainBytes” and resources for health professionals who work with people with chronic pain.
If you (or someone you know) are trying to live with chronic pain and you need to know more about what it is and what can be done about it, it is really worth checking out this website. From my perspective, it is great to finally be able to point my own clients to it when they ask if there is any reliable information about chronic pain to be found online. Thank you to the ACI Pain Management Network for such a useful resource!Leave a reply →