St. Luke’s Hospital offers chronic pain workshop

Published 4:02 pm Wednesday, June 7, 2017

St. Luke’s Hospital is offering a free, six-week course in Living Healthy with Chronic Pain every Thursday from 2-4:30 p.m. starting July 13. Other dates include July 20 and 27, and August 3, 10 and 17 at the St. Luke’s Community Room located at 89 W. Mills St., Suite B in Columbus.

The class will meet each Thursday for six consecutive weeks for two and a half hours and will utilize a detailed manual taught by trained facilitators Scott McDermott, occupational therapist, and Sharon Hodge, physical therapy assistant, of the St. Luke’s Rehab team. 

“Participants are encouraged to attend a minimum of four sessions to ensure consistency,” said McDermott. “We also encourage participation by anyone living or caring for someone experiencing pain associated with a variety of chronic health conditions.”

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According to Hodge, the course is not designed to cure pain or chronic conditions but instead to learn the skills and tools to better manage them.

Course topics will include: distraction techniques, fall prevention and improving balance, pain and fatigue management, introduction to physical activity and exercise, endurance activities, making informed treatment decisions, and more. Participants also will receive a book and CD, and snacks will be provided.

To register for the program, contact the St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center at 828-894-8419 or Danielle Williams at from the Region C – Area Agency on Aging, a co-sponsor of the program.

– article submitted by Kathy Woodham