Pain Resources & Tools

Do you keep an updated notebook? Do you have a discussion ready for your pain management appointments? Here you will find tools to help track, understand, and talk about your pain so you can work with your healthcare professional to find the best pain management plan.

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Why a Pain Specialist?

Five reasons why a pain specialist can be your greatest resource

  • Pain management specialists are specially trained to accurately diagnose pain and address its underlying causes as well as its symptoms.
  • Pain specialists are able to distinguish not only between different types of pain, but between the unique needs of individual patients.
  • Pain specialists are trained to work toward the ultimate goals of significant, long-term relief for their patients.
  • Pain specialists know how to create a personalized pain management plan and will stick to it.
  • Pain specialists have a better understanding of how different therapies and interventions work, and how to best leverage them to help their patients safely.

Tools & Guides for People Living With Pain


Pain Notebook

The Global Pain InitiativeTM offers this tool you can use to learn more about pain and help identify the location and type of pain you’re experiencing, so you can better describe it to healthcare professionals.

Pain Notebook PDF >

Talking With Your Doctor About Pain

This helpful guide prepares patients for their next appointment. It helps healthcare providers get the right information they need to best assist each patient.

Pain Discussion Guide PDF>
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American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) Resource Guide to Chronic Pain Management

Download this guide, which combines practical clinical experience and the most recent scientific information into an easy-to-read format for both patients and HCPs.

Pain Management PDF >

Evolving Approaches to Pain

People living with pain are discovering complementary and alternative approaches to help manage their symptoms. Nonmedical—but therapeutic—lifestyle adjustments can potentially help make each day easier.

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: Pain

Pain articles on how to manage pain, pain therapy, and discussions on pain that occurs in various areas of the body. Patients can sign up for HEALTHbeat, a free e-newsletter with resources and blogs.

Harvard Pain Info >

Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine:
The Healing Power of Mindfulness

Read about how practicing mindfulness can potentially change the brain and reduce pain levels.

Mindfulness for Pain Management >

Mayo Clinic:
Yoga Therapy: Relieve Pain, Manage Stress

Yoga provides relief to people of all ages and across a range of health conditions. See the benefits of yoga and watch an insightful webinar to get you into a “yoga mindset.”

Yoga to Relieve Pain >

Health Central:
Get in the Water: Hydrotherapy for Pain and Movement

Discover how water’s soothing natural buoyancy alleviates joint stress and provides resistance that increases strength without causing strain.

Aquatics for Pain Therapy >

Cleveland Clinic:
Podcast: Lifestyle Changes and Therapies to Manage Chronic Pain

Some people living with chronic pain discover that lifestyle changes can help alleviate their discomfort. In this podcast, osteopathic HCP William Welches, DO, PhD, highlights nonmedical therapies as part of a holistic approach to address your pain.

Watch Pain Management Podcast >

New York Times:
How to Exercise with Chronic Pain Movement*

Learn why exercise makes many people with chronic pain feel better, and how getting stronger improves quality of life.

*Paywall: Requires New York Times subscription Chronic Pain & Exercise >

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