What is the Regain program?
The Regain Program is an Intensive Integrated Multidisciplinary Pain Management Group Program specifically designed for sufferers of Chronic Persistent Pain and is aimed to address the many problems this complex syndrome causes to help sufferers regain control of their life.
The REGAIN Integrated multidisciplinary treatment program may be recommended after
comprehensive assessment by one of our Pain Specialists. The program involves groups of 10-12 patients at a time working with our multidisciplinary team.
For patients whose lives are seriously affected by their pain condition and present as distressed, reliant on pain medication and with poor coping skills to manage their condition.
REGAIN is an intensive 8 Week program that runs for 2 full days per week (either Monday &
Tuesdays or Thursday & Fridays), with structured 4-week ‘home’ or ‘work’ phase and follow up after
Patients with a work related or compensational condition are encouraged to have a close liaison between their rehabilitation providers and the REGAIN clinicians to co-ordinate their return to work plans.
Who is REGAIN For?
Participants must be willing to accept that daily activities will not make pain worse, attend all sessions and be willing to accept the goals of the program.
- Participants must be over 18 years of age.
- Individuals with chronic pain. (Usually defined as persistent pain for longer than 3
- The individual’s lifestyle has become restricted as a result of the pain.
- The individual is emotionally distressed by the pain. (e.g. depressed, stressed, angry or
- There are no plans for any or further surgical intervention for the pain problem.
- Individuals who have become reliant on medication to cope with their pain.
- Individuals who have become distressed due to their pain.
Aims of “REGAIN”
“REGAIN” does not aim to “fix or “cure” the individual’s pain, but rather to teach individuals how to feel more in control of their situation.
- To improve daily functioning and encourage involvement in a range of life activities.
- To reduce pain related suffering such as depressed mood, dependency and stress.
- To reduce reliance on strong pain medications. (Pain Medication may take the edge of pain but
will not cure it).
- To promote self -reliance and self -management through an increased understanding of
chronic persistent pain, and thereby reducing the need for ongoing medical or physiotherapy
treatments for pain.
- To encourage greater self-reliance by teaching the individual more effective pain coping
- To assist in return to work or vocational retraining where this is appropriate. (Within a realistic
How does the “REGAIN” Treatment Program Run?
“REGAIN” runs over eight weeks and participants are expected to attend two full days each week from 9am. (Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday).
- A multi-disciplinary team consisting of a Pain Specialist, Pain Psychologist and Pain Physiotherapist will conduct the “REGAIN” program.
- Home practice is an integral part of learning coping skills and tasks are set for participants to practice in between sessions.
- A follow-up group session will be conducted 4 to 6 weeks after the end of the program to review progress and to assist in maintaining changes.
- Patients with a work related or compensational condition are encouraged to have a close liaison between their rehabilitation providers and the “REGAIN” clinicians to co-ordinate their return to work plans.
How does REGAIN differ from other programs?
Management of chronic persistent pain is complex and requires a specialised multidisciplinary team who are experienced in the treatment of pain management.
REGAIN is evidence based and utilises a biopsychosocial model, ie. physical, mental and environmental techniques in an integrated fashion to assist the treatment of chronic pain.
The aim of REGAIN is to maximise functional capabilities and goals and assist participants in
independently managing their complex pain conditions. During the program an extensive range of
strategies are taught so participants can perform activities consistently despite pain on good days and bad days.
The REGAIN Multidisciplinary Pain Management Team includes our Pain Medicine Specialists, Pain Psychologists and Pain Physiotherapists who are all extensively trained, accredited and specialise in Chronic Pain Management.
The team works closely in an integrated fashion to achieve maximum possible benefits for all
During the program the Pain Psychologist and Pain Physiotherapist will have the most contact with participants on a daily basis.
Our expert Pain Medicine Specialists attend the program to provide specialised education sessions to the group and to monitor participant’s overall health and medication.
After a post treatment review, the REGAIN team contributes to the final report for each participant at the end of the program. The reports are sent to all involved in the participants’ care.
Follow-up medical reviews with the Sydney Spine & Pain Pty Ltd, Pain Medicine Specialists are strongly recommended.
All patients attending are encouraged to apply the self-pain management strategies they learnt during their attendance at home or in their work environments.
Data shows that participants who do this achieve much stronger and more lasting gains long term.
In order to help those attending the programs to achieve good outcomes patients are equipped with a
‘home-plan’ at the end of the 8 week program.
These plans include a home exercise program and strategies for dealing with pain flare-ups or other
set-backs that can occur in their daily routines.
Home practice is an integral part of learning coping skills and tasks are set for participants to practice in between sessions.
A follow-up group session will be conducted 4 weeks after the end of the program to review progress
and to assist in maintaining changes.
In some cases, especially those with ongoing difficulties, REGAIN offers an opportunity to attend (by
appointment) a series of individualised treatment sessions.