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Patient Education Program

Current Class

May 15, 2013
6 session course
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

East Campus Office Building
Located behind Thornton Hospital
9300 Campus Point Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Map and Directions

Next Class

The next session of this course begins August 15, 2013.

To register, call Erin Grimes at
619-543-3422, ext. 2.

Living Well with Chronic Pain is a 10-week program where physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals volunteer their time and expertise to help patients learn how to control pain and minimize its effects on their quality of life.

Research has shown that individuals who know more about their healthcare needs are better able to make informed decisions and become partners in their treatment plan.

Families and friends may also experience difficulties coping with the chronic pain of their loved ones. The more family members understand about pain, the better they will be able to deal with the challenges that are presented.

How to Register

Living Well with Chronic Pain is free and open to UC San Diego Health System patients. You need to be the patient of a provider at the UCSD Pain Clinic and we need to do a screen with you (brief psychological interview) before guaranteeing participation in the group. Classes are held at the East Campus Office Building (see building 9444 on this map) which is behind Thornton Hospital in La Jolla.

To register, call Erin Grimes, 619-543-3422, ext. 2.

Class Topics Include

  • What is Pain? - This session includes a broad overview of pain and also includes information on the services provided by the UCSD Center for Pain and Palliative Medicine.
  • Surgical Procedures - This session discusses the various surgical and invasive procedures available, including injections, nerve blocks, implantable stimulators and implantable pumps.
  • Medications Used to Treat Pain - This session includes information on medications currently used for treating pain.
  • Body Work - This session includes the role of body mechanics, exercise and the use of massage in treating pain.
  • Body-Mind Connection - This session includes the role of complementary therapies in treating chronic pain, specifically acupuncture, aromatherapy and harp music therapy.
  • Pain and Emotions - This session includes the role of emotions in dealing with the challenges of chronic pain.
  • Healthy Soul - This session includes the role of nondenominational spirituality and its role in coping with chronic pain issues.

Center for Pain Medicine
Perlman Medical Offices
9350 Campus Point Drive, Suite 2C
La Jolla, CA 91111
and 858-822-6110