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What is the Vi Riddell Intensive Pain Rehabilitation Program (IPRP)?

Pain experience is the complex. Our program strives to meet the needs of youth and their families, providing treatment for all in a caring setting. The focus of our ~6 week, 5 day a week, intensive day program is on self-management skills, in order to meet the youth and family's goals.

The Intensive Pain Rehabilitation (IPRP) team includes:

  • Physiotherapists        
  • Occupational therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Teachers
  • Art & Music therapists
  • Family Therapist
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Nurses 
  • Psychologists

The IPRP enrolls youth that are

  •  Aged 12-17 who demonstrate a willingness to engage in a self-management approach to their pain condition.
  •  Whose life has been significantly impacted by pain including, but not limited to:
    • Missing school or have challenges in academic performance due to pain
    • Not participating with friends and/or recreational activities due to pain
    • Reduced physical abilities due to pain
    • Stress related to pain
  • Families who are willing to support their youth in a self-management approach to their pain treatment and participate in family sessions during the IPRP.

What to expect

  • To work with a team of healthcare professionals who are experts in the management of pain
  • To attend every day, all day for the duration of the program
  • To participate in group and individual therapy with the IPRP team throughout each day
  • To complete and engage in the assigned activities and homework outside of program hours
  • To engage in school work for ~60-90 minutes per day (1-2 courses), during school year programs

What not to expect

  • Further investigation for your pain.
  • Pain being less by the end of the program.
  • Extensive ongoing support from our team following the end of the program.

Intake into the IPRP

Intake into the program is based may require an assessment by members of the Complex Pain Team at the Alberta Children's Hospital. The program runs ~4x per year, ~6 weeks at a time in groups of ~4 youth (subject to change).

*A referral from a physician or Nurse Practitioner is needed for intake in the IPRP program. See Complex Pain Clinic for referral information