Discuss Solutions to Common Pain Problems of the Elderly
STONY BROOK, NY,
September 7, 2011 – The Center for Pain Management at Stony Brook University
Medical Center will host a seminar titled “Getting a Grip on Geriatric Pain”
for the senior
Dr. Brian Durkin,
Director, Center for Pain Management, Stony Brook University Medical Center, at
upper right, with members of the Pain Management Team. |
citizens of Brookhaven on September 9. Sponsored by the
Department of Anesthesiology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, the
“lunch and learn” program will be the first in a series of discussions on pain
management this fall by Stony Brook healthcare professionals at various Long
Island senior centers. The event takes place at the Rose Tapper Senior Center
in Miller Place, from 11:30 to 2:00 PM.
is a common problem related to conditions and diseases as we age, so it is
important for senior citizens in our region to become more aware of how to
manage their pain,” says Brian Durkin, D.O., Assistant Professor of
Clinical Anesthesiology, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and
Director, Center for Pain Management, Stony Brook University Medical Center.
“There are many new and exciting solutions to some of the chronic pain problems
associated with aging, and we will describe some of these at the seminars.”
The first seminar is
part of what Dr. Durkin is calling the Center’s Geriatric Pain Initiative, a
focus on educating senior citizens about pain. Part of the Initiative will
include informative sessions on how to treat specific conditions that often
affect this part of the population.
During “Getting a
Grip on Geriatric Pain,” Dr. Durkin and his Center for Pain Management
colleagues will discuss general pain management and the importance of pain
management in the context of maximizing ones overall health and well being.
Specific educational topics include: Vertebral Compression Fractures, presented
by Marco Palmieri, D.O.; Post-Shingles Pain, presented by Stacey Hildebrand,
N.P.; and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, by Dr. Durkin.
Dr. Durkin’s Pain
Management will answer questions at the end of presentations. Attendees can
also make an appointment with the Center. For more information, contact
An integral program
of the Department of Anesthesiology, the Center for Pain Management at Stony
Brook University Medical Center has been in operation since 1982. The Center is
located in Stony Brook’s Outpatient Cancer Center with suites for
interventional pain management procedures and full access to the medical
center’s resources and technologies. The Center incorporates a biopyschosocial
model of medicine to treat chronic and acute pain, provides palliative care,
and works to improve the quality of life of all patients.