‘Tame Your Pain...An Inside Look at Conventional and Alternative Therapies for Pain Management’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, March 1

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,” was held Wednesday, March 1, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

Pain alerts us that something is wrong, but when it persists for an extended period of time after healing it becomes chronic pain. Pain that fails to serve a protective function is pathological pain. Arthritis causes the most common type of pathological pain.

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.

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, presented 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.

Dr. Ibrahim highlighted the latest conventional and alternative approaches to pain management while addressing the facts, fads and fiction associated with this complex medical issue.

Dr. Ibrahim earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in biochemistry and a master’s degree and doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Arizona. He graduated from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson in 2008, followed by a surgical internship at the UA. He completed his residency in anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, followed by a clinical pain medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School's largest teaching hospital and biomedical research facility. He is highly regarded for his work on pain management and reduction across a multitude of ailments and diseases and has been published numerous times on this and related subjects.

About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, please visit www.arthritis.arizona.edu

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu

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