Created by the U.S. Pain Foundation, MyPainPlan.org is an interactive site that allows users to learn about pain management options and create a personalized list of which treatments they’d like to try. The list can then be saved and/or printed for personal use or to share with a health care provider.
“As pain patients ourselves, we know it can be difficult to find credible information about treatment options all in one place,” says Nicole Hemmenway, CEO of U.S. Pain. “We created this site so that patients feel more empowered about the therapies available for relief. We also wanted to draw attention to the fact that the most effective pain care is individualized, multidisciplinary, and combines various treatment options.”
The site offers information about a number of treatment options in categories ranging from medications and neuromodulation to restorative therapies and self-management techniques. It also includes pros and cons for each treatment category and succinct definitions of dozens of therapies and interventions.
“Whether you’ve had pain for decades or are newly diagnosed, MyPainPlan.org can serve as a helpful tool for taking a more active role in your pain care,” says Emily Lemiska, Director of Communications and Educational Programming. “Plus, while supplies last, everyone who completes their plan will receive a free heating pad from this year’s Pain Awareness Month sponsor, Sunbeam.”