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New Webcast Going for Gold to Educate on Importance of Healthy Diet In Persistent Chronic Pain Management

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 General News J E 4
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Olympic Games Champion Nikki Stone and Chronic Pain Experts, Inspire Through Webcast Series



MONTCLAIR, N.J., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) recently launched, the second of a three-part Webcast series: Is Your Persistent Chronic Pain Weighing You Down? at www.painawareness.org. This Webcast addresses the importance of proper weight control in managing chronic pain.



WHO:

-- Inspirational testimony from Olympic Gold Medalist and chronic pain sufferer Nikki Stone.

-- Practical pain management tips from Dr. Warren A. Katz, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate of the Rothman Institute.



WHY:

While maintaining a healthy weight is important for a number of health-related reasons, it is particularly important for the more than 50 million Americans who suffer with persistent chronic pain. The significance for chronic pain sufferers to maintain a healthy diet and weight was underscored in the recent PRICARA(R) Chronic Pain Barometer online survey of 500 American chronic pain sufferers 18 years or older:



-- 86 percent of respondents stated that healthy changes to their diet helped to manage their chronic pain.

-- Nearly half of chronic pain sufferers (approximately 46 percent) agreed controlling their weight helped them to manage their chronic pain.



The Webcast series was developed to addresses everyday concerns for those who suffer with persistent chronic pain on the topics of exercise, weight control, and relationships, including intimacy. The first Webcast on exercise is currently archived at www.painawareness.org.



Note: Funding for ASPE and Webcast series was provided by PRICARA(R), Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All experts featured in the Webcasts and Nikki Stone are paid consultants for PRICARA(R), Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



About Nikki Stone, Olympic Gold Medalist

Best known for being the first American to win a gold medal in inverted aerial skiing, Nikki Stone understands what it is like to be living with persistent chronic pain, after experiencing a back injury from a skiing accident. Months after the injury, Nikki's pain continued on a daily basis and made it difficult for her to perform once simple activities. Her doctor diagnosed her as having persistent chronic pain and worked with her to develop a pain management plan. The plan that worked for Nikki included a prescription medication, which helped manage her pain so that she could participate in physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in her back. With the combination of medication, physical therapy, doctor supervision and tireless motivation, Nikki was able to work her way back to competing and became the first American to win a gold medal in inverted aerial skiing. Today, Nikki hopes to motivate others suffering with chronic pain to speak with their doctors to find a program to manage their pain.



About the Webcast Series

Over the coming months, each Webcast will be featured on www.painawareness.org, commencing in July. This Webcast is meant for educational purposes only, and every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented is accurate. Information presented in the Webcasts is not intended to replace the care prescribed by a healthcare professional.



The opinions expressed in the Webcasts are those of the speakers, presenters and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and may not necessarily reflect the positions of the ASPE, or the Webhost. The appearance of the ASPE name and logo in the Webcasts does not constitute an endorsement of any products, services or information mentioned. The ASPE does not imply discrimination again
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