Long-term pain can affect the entire life of an individual. Thus, the pain rehabilitation is based on a behavioral medicine perspective with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a way to achieve behavioral change. The Pain Rehabilitation Team in Sandviken is part of Region Gävleborg (Gävleborg County Council).
Region Gävleborg's Pain Rehabilitation Team is also part of the Medical Rehabilitation Clinic, located at the local hospital in Sandviken. The team consists of a occupational therapist, a PE teacher, an almoner, a psychologist, a physician, a physiotherapist, a rehabilitation coordinator and a nurse. The aim of the rehabilitation is to improve the patients' life quality and facilitate engagement in family life, work and society.
An individual rehabilitation plan is developed together with the patient and, sometimes, his or her closest relatives. The patient and their closest relatives are important parts of the rehabilitation team.