ROCKLIN, Calif., April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most people who are diagnosed with chronic pain are told that medications and other interventions can only do so much---they will have to learn to live with it. Penney Cowan knows a lot about living with chronic pain. A person with chronic pain herself, Penney founded the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA; http://www.theacpa.org) in 1980 to provide support and teach pain management skills to others living with the condition.
Penney will share what she has learned about pain management on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from noon to 4 PM at a free meeting for the community at the JW Marriott Austin, Room 310-31, 110 E. Second Street, Austin.
"It seems impossible to learn to live with ongoing pain," says Cowan, "but millions have learned how to do it. It requires moving beyond the passive role of patient into a true partnership with your health care team. This can help you to discover the combination of pain management strategies that will work for you, bringing you reduced suffering, better function, and a higher quality of life."
Penney, and ACPA board members Donna Kalauokalani, MD, MPH, and Donald C. Manning, PhD, MD, will describe some of these strategies and discuss how individuals with pain can use them in daily life. This session is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Pain Society.
The meeting is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested to ensure sufficient handouts are available. To make reservations, please call 800.533.3231
About the American Chronic Pain Association
Since 1980, the ACPA has provided education and support to people with pain and their families and worked to raise public awareness about pain issues. Through extensive pain management materials (available in print, as interactive tools on our web site, and as apps), peer-led support groups, and outreach activities, we strive to help people with pain live with dignity and reach their full potential. For more information, visit our web site at www.theacpa.org.
About the American Pain Society
Based in Chicago, the American Pain Society (APS) is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering. APS is the professional home for investigators involved in all aspects of pain research including basic, translational, clinical and health services research to obtain the support and inspiration they need to flourish professionally. APS strongly advocates expansion of high quality pain research to help advance science to achieve effective and responsible pain relief. For more information, visit www.americanpainsociety.org.
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SOURCE American Chronic Pain Association