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Educational series on pain management for those with arthritis

9/4/2013, 11:20 a.m.

The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio is taking aim at arthritis pain with an educational series called “Breaking the Pain Chain” that will begin in October in Willoughby.

Classes will be held on Mondays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at ActiveCare PT, Inc., 36495 Vine Street, Suite L, Willoughby, OH, 44094. Registration deadline is September 30.

The program is designed for people who desire to be an active participant in their arthritis management. It empowers participants to effectively manage their arthritis and related chronic pain, and helps them build a personal Pain Management Plan.

Taught by an Arthritis Foundation-trained leader, the series will explore: Understanding Arthritis (Session 1); Pain Management (Session 2); Diet and Exercise (Session 3); and Complementary Therapies and Stress Reduction (Session 4). Participants can attend all four sessions or pick and choose the ones that are right for them.

The class fee is $40, which includes a Health Organizer and a variety of Arthritis Foundation educational materials. Partial need-based scholarships are available.

Pre-registration is required by calling the Arthritis Foundation Arthritis Answers line at (216) 285-2836 or (800) 245-2275, ext. 6416. For more information about Arthritis Foundation programs, services and events, visit www.arthritis.org/ohio/neo.php.