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Online Class

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief

by The Great Courses

Discover a tried-and-true framework for coping with chronic pain.

What You Get

  • 12 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • 6+ hours of close-up instruction
  • Downloadable class resources, including a 143-page course guide
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom


Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. In fact, one out of every three U.S. adults lives with chronic pain. In this research-based guide to managing chronic pain, Professor Barbara K. Bruce, Ph.D., L.P., provides the information and tools you need to live an enjoyable, fulfilling life. Explore the latest research and methods for managing chronic pain that don’t involve dangerous medicines or serious side effects. Plus learn how to create and implement a unique pain-management program that puts you in control of your own recovery.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Why Pain Matters
One out of every three people suffers from chronic pain. And although pain is a universal experience, there are ways you can manage it effectively and live an enjoyable, fulfilling life. Prof. Barbara K. Bruce starts by sharing case studies of people who’ve dealt with chronic pain and how their experiences may help you.
2. What Is Pain?
3. Common Causes of Chronic Pain
4. Medication for Chronic Pain: Why and Why Not
5. How Exercise Helps With Chronic Pain
6. Manage Your Stress to Manage Your Pain
7. Social Support For Pain Management
8. How to Sleep When You Have Pain
9. The Vicious Cycle of Pain and Mood
10. Building a Pain Management Team
11. Creating a Pain Management Plan
12. Active Sessions: Exercise and Relaxation

Taught by

Prof Barbara K. Bruce, Ph.D., L.P
Prof Barbara K. Bruce, Ph.D., L.P
Dr. Bruce has spent her entire career in the field of pain management. She served as Clinical Director of the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center Program in Rochester, MN, where she also led the development of the Mayo Clinic Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program. She is currently located at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, where she has developed and currently leads its fibromyalgia and chronic abdominal pain treatment programs.