Managing chronic pain is focus of free, six-week program

imageManaging chronic pain is focus of free, six-week program

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Pain Management Center will host another session of the free, six-week program, Chronic Pain Self-Management, later this month, according to Cathy Asche, RN, clinical coordinator of the Center.

Topics addressed in the Chronic Pain Self Management Program (CPSMP), which will meet weekly on Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., include techniques for managing frustration, fatigue and isolation as well as pain; appropriate exercises for strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; healthy eating and better balance; communicating with family, friends and health care professionals; and goal-setting, problem-solving and decision-making.

Past participants in this course cited rheumatoid arthritis, work-related injury, a car accident and chronic disease as the precipitating causes of their pain. Nearly everyone who completes the program reports some benefit, for example, relief from pain and fatigue, more energy, more confidence, and a greater sense of calm. Follow-up studies reveal that for up to three years after the class, they are likely to spend fewer days in the hospital than they had before, and also have fewer outpatient visits.

The Pain Management Center is located in the Outpatient Center of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. For more information or to register for the free class, contact Barbara V. Jarrell, instructor, 410-310-2331.

Photo: Barbara V. Jarrell, coordinator for the Mid Shore Chronic Disease Self Management Program