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The Ottawa Hospital Pain Clinic (TOHPC) is here to help you with chronic pain. Our clinic is focused on giving you customized care that fits your needs. Our team of experts is ready to assess you, teach you, treat you and show you strategies to help you manage your chronic pain. 

As a leader in chronic pain, TOHPC uses evidence-based strategies and treatments to support you with your chronic pain and help you participate more fully in your life.

People and conditions we treat

We offer care to adults aged 18 and above living in Champlain LHIN and Nunavut. For people under 18, please contact CHEO’s Chronic Pain Service for help.

The Ottawa Hospital Pain Clinic treats patients who have the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Central pain syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Headache and migraines
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain after surgery
  • Pain after trauma

How to get a referral

If you want to receive care from TOHPC, your first step is to get a referral from a medical doctor. We work closely with your doctor to make sure your care goes smoothly.

Our treatments

TOHPC offers different kinds of treatments, (also sometimes called “interventions”) for chronic pain. Not everyone who comes to the clinic will receive an intervention.  We will work with you to develop a plan just for you.

The clinic offers these interventions:

  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Intravenous therapies Medication review
  • Counselling

Meet the team

We see every patient as a whole person who needs a whole-person approach.As TOHPC is an academic clinic, teaching is a major corner stone in training the next generation of specialized health-care-professionals. With funding from the Ministry of Health, we bring together a team of learns and experts to work with you to manage your chronic pain. These experts include:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Emergency Medicine doctors
  • Gynecologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical Residents
  • Resident Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Physiatrists
  • Social workers
  • Urologists

Our programs

TOHPC designs programs just for you, based on your needs and your goals.  We are your partners, and we work closely with you to create a program just for you.

We follow a “stepped-care”, holistic approach, which means that we use all resources available within the clinic and in the community to help patients achieve their chronic pain recovery goals.

For patients of the clinic

Patients who have been accepted to TOHPC can access group programs, such as:

  • Patient Education and Resource Session (PERS) (all new patients in the clinic must take this course)
  • Workshops (open to existing patients only.  Find the password in your MyChart account)
  • Groups
  • One-on-ones with a member of our team

Here is an example of our whole-person approach. We work with our patients on many parts of their– lives to help them manage pain.

For everyone

Patients and non-patients of TOHPC can access very high-quality chronic pain resources.

The Power Over Pain Portal is a free, one-stop shop for chronic pain resources curated by The Ottawa Hospital and its partners. It’s full of articles, videos, podcasts, courses, workshops, and peer support that can help you with your chronic pain.

You can also get one-on-one counselling through Wellness Together Canada.

Where to find us

TOHPC is in the Critical Care Wing (CCW) at the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital at 501 Smyth Road in Ottawa. Room 1550, just – across from the staircase.  

If you need to park a vehicle, we recommend using the CCW/Eye Institute/Cancer Centre parking lot. Enter through the CCW doors.

Referral information for doctors

For patients: If you want to receive care from TOHPC, your first step is to get a referral from a medical doctor.

Doctors, please send your referral to TOHPC using one of these two methods:

Not sure if the pain clinic is right for your patient?  You can also consider:

Contact Us

Please note that a physician referral is needed prior to the initial assessment.
Hours: Monday to Friday 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Last updated on: February 15th, 2024