Scott County Extension Offers Program for Chronic Pain Suffers

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If
you suffer from chronic pain, you are not alone. Millions of American live with
pain that affects their day-to-day lives, but almost half of them receive no
treatment. Chronic pain is pain that has lasted longer than three
months. It may begin with an injury, disease, or procedure but evolve
into persistent pain. Sometimes the cause of chronic pain is not clear. 

​Those with chronic pain may
look for non-drug treatment options. Recommended options, like self-management
and exercise, can be very limited in rural areas. The Chronic Pain
Self-Management Program, a new program offered by the University of
Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, aims to increase county residents’
access to non-drug options for chronic pain. 

​The Chronic Pain
Self-Management Program is a six-week series of workshops that teach
participants how to deal with chronic pain and the issues it
causes. Sessions address: techniques to deal with problems such as
frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep; appropriate exercise for
maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use
of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health
professionals; nutrition; pacing activity and rest; and how to evaluate new
treatments.

The evidence-based
program has been shown to increase vitality or energy, decrease
pain, decrease dependence on others, and improve mental health.
Participants in the program were more involved in everyday activities
and more satisfied with their lives compared to those who
had not taken the program.

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program will be offered in Waldron starting Monday, March 19. Sessions will be held at Rich Mountain Community College, Waldron Branch at 456 West 6th Street from 9-11:30 a.m. Sessions are free to participants through funding from the USDA, but space is limited. To sign up for the program, contact Debbie Miller at the Extension Office at 479-637-2173 or dmiller@uaex.edu.Registration deadline is March 8, 2019.

The University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an
equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you
require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another
format, please contact the Scott County Extension Office as soon as
possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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