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More than 100 million Americans, about a third of the population, suffer from chronic pain. More people are affected by chronic pain than by heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined, and at a cost of more than $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity. 

A free presentation, “Tame Your Pain ... An Inside Look at Conventional and Alternative Therapies for Pain Management,” will be held Wednesday, March 1 from 6 until 7:15 p.m. at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, located at 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The 75-minute talk will include time for questions and answers.

Speaker Mohab Ibrahim, MD, PhD, director of the Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic at Banner – University Medical Center South, UA assistant professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology, and director of the Chronic Pain Fellowship Program at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, 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. 

Pain 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 avoid 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.

Dr. Ibrahim will present the latest conventional and alternative approaches to pain management while 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 at www.arthritis.arizona.edu or call 626-5040 or email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu

Parking is available in the Banner UMC 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.

If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Tracy Shake, 626-5040, email: livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu.

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