‘Know Pain, Know Gain’ program set for Wednesday

Program to look at chronic pain

“Know Pain, Know Gain,” a free program to empower people to utilize knowledge, sleep, movement, and goals to reduce pain and improve quality of life.

Dr. Nicholas Maiers from Des Moines University will be sharing evidence, expertise, and his passion for reducing pain through practical and free approaches at the Mulberry Center Church (behind the Depot on Superior Street), Webster City on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Maiers’ clinical practice at the Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic focuses on orthopedic and neurological care with a special interest in management of persistent pain. He’s also an assistant professor in the DMU Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

There is a global pain epidemic and the United States ranks at the top of the charts. Current data indicates that more than 100 million people in the USA suffer from some form of chronic pain. Chronic pain is generally defined as any type of ongoing pain that lasts for three to six months or more. According to a National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) 2016 study analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and several prominent Universities, 20 percent of U.S. adults have chronic pain and 8 percent have high-impact pain that limits them from doing at least one major life activity.

Chronic pain restricts mobility, leads to opioid dependency, and increases anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life. According to the 2016 NCCIH study, chronic pain costs the United States an estimated $560,000 billion annually in direct medical costs, lost productivity, and disability programs. The Center for Disease Control reveals that Americans account for five percent of the world population but they consume 80 percent of the opioids and 99 percent of the hydrocodone globally. In spite of the increased use of opioid medications, injections and surgeries intended to reduce and manage pain in the USA the rate of people suffering from pain continues to rise.

The evidence for therapeutic approaches in treating people with pain is significantly increasing. The International Spine and Pain Institute are experts in the study and application of Therapeutic Neuroscience. They understand that pain is a multiple system output activated by the brain based on perceived threat. (Moseley 20013) Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) combines medical examinations and treatments, fear, catastrophization, beliefs, emotions, behaviors, family, work, compensation issues, and diagnosis and treatment to come up with an affective individualized plan to address pain and recovery.