Seminar offers help with chronic pain

Local doctors and other health professionals in the South Okanagan and Keremeos are working together to provide a series of free chronic pain management seminars over the next two weeks.

The seminars — to be held Sept. 19 in Osoyoos and Sept. 26 in Keremeos — will bring together a local physician, a physiotherapist and a pharmacist into a forum-style event that will allow those attending to ask questions and receive additional information to help with their respective situations.

“We are excited about being able to host this event, as there are so many people living with pain on a daily basis,” explained Renate Hayden, Project Coordinator with the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice

“The aim of the seminar is to provide people who suffer with chronic pain, and/or their caregivers, options to self-manage pain.

“We are hoping to provide them with tools to help you ease your pain, and to be proactive in the management thereof.”

The discussions will be led by a panel of experts including Oliver’s Dr. Peter Entwistle, physiotherapist Neil Pearson and Keremeos pharmacist Connie Chan.

“At the seminar, we will give the audience a good period of time to ask pertinent questions to the panel,” Ms. Hayden said.

The forum, she added, will also help patients learn they’re not alone in their fight with chronic pain.

“They may have had to stop work or change their social lives due to the chronic pain being so obstructive to their normal lives,” she said. “(But) they will be able to connect with each other and perhaps even build an informal support group after the seminar.

“It also helps family members and friends understand what a person living with chronic pain goes through.”

Brochures and other information in paper format will be available for pick up at the seminar.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice incorporates family physicians from Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Naramata, Summerland, and Princeton.

The Chronic Pain project is funded through the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Initiatives, which serves physicians from Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos and Princeton.

The Osoyoos seminar is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Osoyoos Seniors Centre. The Keremeos seminar will be held at Keremeos Legion Hall, also between 7 and 9 p.m.

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