Use this guide in consultation with your health-care provider. Keep your health-care provider informed about your use of the strategies in this guide.
Learn about each strategy. Read this guide to learn about strategies that can help you manage your pain. Click on the gold box below to go through this guide. Or download a PDF of this booklet here.
Rate how well you think you are doing with each strategy. The wheel on the next page shows a picture of each strategy next to a wedge of the wheel. Each wedge is divided into three sections. Use the key shown on the page to put an X in the section of the wedge that matches how well you are managing that strategy right now. Continue to use this wheel to track your progress.
Choose a strategy you would like to work on. It is best to choose one that is important to you and that you think you can start to change right now.
Experiment with your plan. Many people find that their plan will change as they experiment with how it fits into their daily routines. Make adjustments as you experiment rather than trying to get the perfect plan developed before you start.
Finally, pay close attention to any small or large changes in how well you function and cope with pain. Notice what strategies seem to provide you the best results. Remember to keep your health-care provider updated about your activities and progress.
Jan. 11 — Physician assistant graduate certified in orthopaedic surgery Krista Kathleen (Scherbart) Bartlett, a certified physician assistant who graduated in 2012 from the UC Davis physician assistant program, was recently awarded the specialty credential, a Certificate of Added Qualifications, from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Krista, who works at EmergeOrtho in Durham, North Carolina, received the certification in orthopaedic surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She is one of only four physician assistants in North Carolina to receive the orthopaedic surgery certification since the program’s inception in 2011.The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants is the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States.