The Pain Rehabilitation Center (PRC) offers four programs. The programs offer core components to help people manage their chronic pain.

  • Adult three-week program. The three-week pain rehabilitation program is designed to benefit adults whose chronic pain or other chronic symptoms have created a major health issue and have caused a significant decline in functional abilities and quality of life. Learn more about the three-week program.
  • Adult two-day program. The two-day pain rehabilitation program focuses on an overview of pain management skills for adults. Learn more about the two-day program.
  • Pediatric program. The three-week pediatric pain rehabilitation program addresses the challenges that face adolescents (ages 12 to young adult) with chronic pain, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or other chronic symptoms.

    The pediatric program also offers a two-day program. Learn more about the pediatric program.

During an evaluation process before entering the program, Pain Rehabilitation Center staff will help each person decide whether the three-week or two-day program would be more beneficial.

Family participation

Chronic pain affects the entire family, not just the person in pain. Each PRC program has a family component, and PRC staff strongly encourages family members to participate.

A comprehensive program for family members and friends of adults participating in the three-week program is offered every Thursday and Friday.

A parent or legal guardian is required to be present for the three-week pediatric program, as parent and family groups are a major component of the pediatric program.

During the programming, family members learn how to support those with chronic pain while caring for themselves.

Topics include:

  • The difference between short-lasting (acute) and long-lasting (chronic) pain
  • Elimination of pain behaviors
  • Use of moderation
  • Importance of regular physical exercise
  • Conservative use of pain medications
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation
  • Effective communication
  • Benefit of using a neutral response to pain behaviors instead of an overly caretaking response