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AVON LAKE – 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.

“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.

An upcoming “Breaking the Pain Chain”® session will begin on four consecutive Wednesdays starting April 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sprenger Towne Center Community Campus, 500 Community Drive, Avon Lake, OH., 44012.

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, good sleep hygiene and building an effective healthcare team.

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.