'In a new position paper, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia says physiotherapy should be better utilized to treat chronic pain which would reduce reliance on painkillers and the potential for drug addiction.
The association's CEO, Christine Bradstock, says chronic pain sufferers are often prescribed painkillers as a treatment.
'Sooke resident Sandra Hughes says pressure on doctors to reduce prescription opioids for patients, or cut them off completely, has left her in constant pain, unable to work and forced to buy dangerous street drugs.
“Percocet, oxycodone, stuff I don’t know the name of, anything to ease the pain,” said Hughes, 51.
“Later today, I kid you not, I will be making inquiries into buying heroin.”
'VICTORIA - Health Minister Terry Lake announced $1.5 million in new funding today to support British Columbians living with chronic pain.
The funding to Pain BC will help support the outcomes of the second Provincial Pain Summit, which took place in February, and created a space to share and learn best practices for chronic pain management.
'If your only tool is regulation, everyone appears under-regulated; at least that’s the impression one would gain from reading Dr. Ailve McNestry’s opinion in The Vancouver Sun on Feb. 22.
McNestry, a deputy registrar and spokeswoman for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., described a B.C. man with a complex history of chronic pain and mental-health disorders as a doctor-shopping abuser of painkillers and other addictive drugs.
'Health professionals and advocates at Friday's Provincial Pain Summit say a national pain strategy could balance the needs of those who live with chronic pain with the dangers of over-prescribing addictive opiates.
They say the opioid crisis that claimed over 900 lives in 2016 has swung the pendulum from over-prescription of drugs like oxycodone and even fentanyl, which are used legitimately by some in excruciating pain, to a point where some patients can't get the drugs they need.
'While much of the health care funding announced on Friday has been earmarked to tackle the opioid crisis, chronic pain sufferers caught in the middle hope the province will use some of it to put a system in place to help them.
One out of every five people in British Columbia lives with chronic pain. For Ada Glustein, an active Vancouver senior, the pain was initially all-consuming.
“It was hard to concentrate on anything else, it hurt so much. It was a deep ache that was constant,” Glustein said.