How to develop a safe exercise program

In this lesson, you will: Understand the benefits of exercise Understand some general guidelines for exercising with back pain Learn how to set personal exercise goals Click the “expand” arrows at the bottom right of the slide screen to see the slideshow in full screen.

How to deal with treatment that fails

This lesson focuses on dealing with disappointments. You will: Understand how negative thinking often goes hand-in-hand with poor health Learn how your thoughts can affect your mood AND your physical health Learn to think differently about the things that have happened to you Click the “expand” arrows at the bottom right of the slide screen… Read more »

How to deal with depression

People with chronic pain often suffer from depression. In this lesson, you will: Understand how depression can happen with any chronic medical condition Learn how your mood can have an effect on physical symptoms Learn some ways to break the cycle of depression and pain Click the “expand” arrows at the bottom right of the… Read more »

How to care for your baby and your back

This lesson is good for back-pain-prone mothers, fathers, and caretakers who need tips on handling small children. You will learn: How to position and move your body while caring for your children Tips to reduce stress on your body when caring for your children Click the “expand” arrows at the bottom right of the slide… Read more »

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Tool

This tool introduces you to a number of different CAM practices. Complementary and alternative medicine practices (often called CAM), are a group of medical practices and products that are not part of conventional medicine, but often are used to support conventional medical approaches. Complementary medicine practices are used together with conventional types of medicine and… Read more »

Back Pain Circle of Care Tool

Most people with back or neck pain go to their primary care doctors as a first step in finding traetment. But many other health care providers are often involved in the treatment of back pain. Although you are not likely to meet all of them, this tool introduces you to what they do, the treatments… Read more »

Am I ready to return to work?

Going back to work Going back to work after a painful injury or illness can be exciting and scary. Dealing with pain can be a process, and going back to work is often a process as well. While you may be able to do your job again, you can’t expect to jump right in as… Read more »

When acute pain becomes chronic

Acute pain vs. chronic pain Acute pain is usually short-lived (less than a month), and has a specific cause, such as having had oral surgery or spraining an ankle. Acute pain commonly goes away when the original cause of the pain is no longer present or when the healing takes place. Chronic pain, however, may… Read more »

Understanding short-term disability

What is short-term disability? Employees may quickly use up their paid sick days if they suffer from pain related to an illness or injury. Short-term disability plans are intended to replace a percentage of your work income when you have used up your paid sick time. Some employers and government agencies fund these plans for… Read more »

Explaining short-term disability to your family and friends

What is short-term disability? Employees may quickly “use up” their paid sick days if they suffer a debilitating illness or injury. Short-term disability plans are intended to replace a percentage of your salary when you have used up your paid sick time, but cannot return to work. Some employers and government agencies fund these plans… Read more »