Series Empowers People to Manage Their Arthritis Pain

CUYAHOGA COUNTY – Do you have chronic pain caused by arthritis and related diseases?  The Arthritis Foundation’s newly re-designed program “Breaking the Pain Chain” is for you. Take control of your arthritis today!

“Breaking the Pain Chain” is designed for people who want to be an active participant in their arthritis management.  The interactive educational program empowers participants to effectively manage their arthritis and related chronic conditions through an understanding of the pain pathways and the effect pain can have on the physical, emotional and social aspects of life.  Participants build a personal Pain Management Plan throughout the four-week course.

Upcoming “Breaking the Pain Chain” sessions will begin in the following communities: Euclid on four consecutive Wednesdays starting October 9th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Euclid Hospital Health Center, 18901 Lakeshore Blvd.; inBeachwood on the following Fridays, October 18th, October 25th, November 1st, November 15th from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd.; in Bay Village on four consecutive Thursdays starting September 19th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Bay Village Library, 502 Cahoon Road.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  Registrants are accepted on a first come first served basis upon receipt of the registration form and payment.  The program costs $40 which includes the four educational sessions, a Health Organizer and Arthritis Foundation materials.  Partial need-based scholarships are available.  A spouse or a caregiver may attend free of charge.  For more information or to register for a class, call the Arthritis Foundation at 216-285-2836 or 800-245-2275, ext. 6416.

Each session focuses on a different topic.  The first session includes basic facts about arthritis pain and how the disease process affects the body. It also covers how an arthritis diagnosis is made and provides the foundation for understanding the best strategies for managing arthritis pain.  Session two provides a decision-making model for evaluating medications, complementary therapies and alternative treatment options.  Session three covers diet and exercise, and the series concludes with a session focusing on emotions, stress control, relaxation techniques, and good sleep hygiene and building an effective healthcare team.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.


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