An estimated 7.6 million, or one in five people in Canada (across the lifespan), live with chronic pain. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you should consider visiting a pain management clinic. In this article we introduce some of the top pain clinics in Toronto.
Pain Clinics with integrative approach
Chronic pain, like other chronic diseases, is best understood within a bio-psychosocial framework, and its treatment should integrate pharmacological, physical, psychological, spiritual, self-management, and other approaches, as appropriate. So it’s important to choose a clinic with a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain treatment.
Here is a list of pain managements clinics in the greater Toronto area (GTA):
The Upper Room Clinic has ultimately become Dr. Kostovis’s life path. Originally an emergency physician, her path to treating chronic pain grew into a mission. She believes in providing peace and fulfillment in the healing experience.
Dr. Kostovis’s practice uses PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) injections to treat chronic pain. PRP advocates the healing process by helping the body create blood clots.
The centre offers a range of pain management services including management of the following pain conditions:
- Neuropathic pain
- Widespread body pain
- Pre- and post-surgical pain management (Transitional Pain Service)
- Pre- and post-pregnancy pain management (Pain in Pregnancy Program)
- Complex opioid management and tapering
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Craniofacial and headache pain
- Dental and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
- Cancer pain
- Breast pain program
Other services include:
- Diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Psychiatry consultation
- Consultative support with an occupational therapist (OT) and social work
- Pain education sessions
The Neurological Institute of Brain, Body, and Being (NIb3) is a Toronto based rehabilitation institute that specializes in non-invasive, drug-free therapies. Our goal is to address the origin and cause of your complaints as opposed to simply treating symptoms. Every brain is unique and we conduct thorough neurological assessments that involve Quantitative EEG (qEEG) brain mapping, VNG (eye movement quantifications), psychophysiological profiling, a full neurological examination, and an extensive intake to build individualized treatment plans. We specialize in neurofeedback therapy, biofeedback therapy, diet recommendations to support an optimized neurological health, chiropractic treatment, and vestibular rehabilitation techniques. The neurofeedback therapy we offer at NIb3 in Toronto is very specific and focuses on 1, 2, 4, and 19 channels EEG with the goal of normalizing your brain’s activity. Our biofeedback therapy in Toronto involves EMG (muscle relaxation) exercises, heart rate variability (HRV) training, and stabilization of your body’s biophysiology. We take a wholistic approach to neurological rehabilitation and helping optimize your brain, body, and being.
Toronto Poly Clinic
Toronto Poly Clinic is a pain clinic with responsibility in mind. We believe in a Multidisciplinary philosophy of pain management. We specialize in Chronic Pain and its effects on the human body. Our goal is to formulate a treatment plan to bring lasting relief to our patients. The purpose of this multidisciplinary program is to improve both the physical and psychological effects of pain.
Toronto Poly Clinic offers a range of pain management services including:
- Interventional Pain Management
- Pain Reprocessing Therapy
- Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP
- Comprehensive Pain Management
- Integrative Chronic Pain Management
- Joint Pain Program
- Medical Cannabis Program
- Mindfulness Teaching
Chronic pain is largely invisible, and those affected often feel disbelieved and stigmatized. Talk to your family physician if you suffer from a pain that has been with you for more than 3 months and ask for a referral to a pain management clinic.