“Tame Your Pain ... An Inside Look at Conventional and Alternative Therapies for Pain Management,” will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 to 7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The 75-minute presentation will include time for questions and answers.
More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of more than $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity. About a third of the population is affected by chronic pain; more people than are affected by heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.
Pain alerts us that something is wrong, but when it persists for an extended period of time after healing it becomes chronic pain. Pain that fails to serve a protective function is pathological pain. Arthritis causes the most common types of pathological pain.
Pain in itself can be considered a disease, not just a symptom of a disease. Pain specialists identify the type of pain and tailor the therapy accordingly. There is no “one size fits all.” Most pain specialists will shy away from opioid medications to manage arthritis pain. Opioids are good for the short term, but when taken chronically, negative factors emerge which may outweigh the benefit of pain control.
Mohab Ibrahim, MD, PhD, assistant professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology and director of the Chronic Pain Fellowship Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and director of the Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic at Banner – University Medical Center South, will present a detailed discussion of the causes of chronic pain and the current available treatments for arthritis and related joint pain, including the associated side effects. Dr. Ibrahim will present the latest conventional and alternative approaches to pain management while also highlighting the facts, fads and fiction associated with this complex medical issue.
Seating for the lecture is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website, www.arthritis.arizona.edu, or call (520) 626-5040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garage just south of the hospital’s main entrance; please bring your parking ticket to the lecture to be validated for free parking.