10/30/2007

 
Learn How to Treat and Manage Chronic Pain
WVU Pain Center offers free “Tame the Pain” seminar Nov. 7

Acute or chronic pain can be debilitating and affect both work and home life.  The consequences can be both physical and psychological.  Richard Vaglienti, M.D., director of the West Virginia University Pain Center, will explain treatment options for chronic pain at a public seminar. 

The “Tame the Pain” seminar is Nov. 7 at the new WVU Pain Center, located next to WVU Urgent Care, behind Applebee’s on Van Voorhis Road.  The event is from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

The seminar is the first public event at the WVU Pain Center’s new location since it opened September 4.  The Center provides patients with evaluation and treatment services at the same location. 

“We have a multidisciplinary approach,” Dr. Vaglienti, a WVU anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist, said. “For example, our patients have the opportunity to work with physical therapists as well as psychologists since many people who experience chronic pain also deal with anxiety and depression.  This can be a natural reaction to pain and if you don’t address it, then you’re not going to be able to address the pain.”

People who attend the seminar will learn more about treatments available through the WVU Pain Center, including surgery and implantable devices that provide stimulation to the spinal cord or distribute medication directly into a person’s spinal fluid.
          
“The benefit of this drug therapy device is that the amount of medication used in this fashion is 300 times less than what would be needed if taken orally to control the same level of pain,” Vaglienti explained.  

The “Tame the Pain” seminar will be especially helpful for people suffering from chronic back or neck pain and pain associated with cancer and diabetes.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.  Preregistration is available by calling 1-866-690-2003 or on the web: www.tamethepain.com/events/wv.

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For more information:
Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
corioe@wvuh.com
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