Chronic pain is different from acute pain, tending to last longer (typically 6 months or more) and may be stronger than expected for normal healing. The Center for Disease Control stated that more than 20% of Americans in 2018 were dealing with chronic pain.
USU Extension and HEART faculty have partnered with agencies across the state, including Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, and the Utah Department of Health to bring Living Well with Chronic Pain classes to underserved areas of the state. The program is a free, six-week workshop using an evidence-based program proven to reduce pain. Previously the classes had been offered in the more populous areas of the state, including the Wasatch front, Wasatch County, St. George, and Logan.
HEART faculty member Dr. Maren Voss started the first class in Tooele on February 25 at the USU Extension Office. HEART faculty have also helped stretch the program further south along the Wasatch front to Springville and soon Payson. With so many suffering from chronic pain, this class is a community resource that can help people understand pain and choose safe options for dealing with it.
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