Veteran/Public Tools Available from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
The following new resources have been added to:
Complementary Treatments - Home Practice Exercises
- Listing of yoga, physical therapy, seated/chair exercises, and tai chi exercises.
Chronic Pain 101
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)
- Introduction to CBT for Chronic Pain
- Tom’s Experience in CBT for Chronic Pain
- Moving Forward Course
- Treatment Works for Vets
Chronic pain is more prevalent and of greater intensity in Veterans than in the general population.
Reclaiming Your Life From Pain
Living with chronic pain is challenging. It often feels like you just need the right medication or treatment to take the pain away. But often that’s not enough, especially with chronic pain. In fact, the best any medication or medical procedure has given you, or ever could give you, is 25 or 30 percent relief.
There are many other approaches to managing chronic pain, and better relief is often found when medications and invasive interventions are combined with or even replaced by active rehabilitation and education approaches, and behavioral-psychological treatments. This supports and strengthens the capacity of the person living with chronic pain to manage his/her symptoms in a way that fosters a more satisfying and vital life. In fact, rehabilitation through cognitive, behavioral, and physical reactivation treatments (also called functional restoration) often lessens or avoids the need for medications and other more invasive procedures. ACPA Resource Guide to Chronic Pain Mangement *
Online Classroom: Take charge. Live well…even if you hurt
This online training program provides customized content based on your own experiences and beliefs about pain and its treatment. After completing the course, a personal feedback report is provided with suggestions for steps you can take for better pain management and topics you should discuss with your health care providers.
Take the Chronic Pain Education for Veterans - Free On-line Course!
Living Better with Chronic Pain – A Resource for Veterans
Veterans/Public Pain Management - Resource Topics