The Arthritis Foundation’s Breaking the Pain Chain® program is an interactive educational program that 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. See below for course dates and registration information.
Each session focuses on a different topic. The first session includes 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. In the video below, Dr. Terence Starz, who helped review the Breaking the Pain Chain program, talks more about what you can expect from these sessions.