document was created by the OPMC as a collection of self-management
tools and resources for individuals with chronic pain to use. Patient Self-Care Resources (pdf)
About the Pain Management CommissionOregon's Pain Management Commission, created by the state Legislature in 1999:
- Provides connections to information to help people manage chronic pain
- Raises awareness about chronic pain issues among health care providers, policy makers and the general public
As you use the resources available through this web-site, remember that people experience pain in many ways. Those with chronic pain should work with their health care providers to develop strategies that work best for them.
Information is essential to successful pain management.
Chronic, unrelieved pain exacts a huge toll — in human suffering, in lost productivity, in high use of health care resources. Pain is the No. 1 reason for absence from work and for visits to physicians. Chronic pain often leads to domestic strife, and to abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
According to a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain affects roughly 100 million American adults and costs up to $635 billion annually.
Appropriate use of pain management techniques can enhance independence and quality of life, and reduce the medical and other costs involved.
Through this Web site and other means, Oregon's Pain Management Program disseminates information that helps patients and health care providers address chronic pain.
The Pain Management Module covers a broad range of interdisciplinary strategies, including approaches such as massage therapy, acupuncture and behavioral health to address chronic pain issues.
Pain management works best as a collaborative effort, involving professionals, informed patients, who actively participate in self-management of pain, and their families, who can provide additional support.