Many suffer from chronic pain, so St. John's Medical Center is offering discounted MRI thru December 31st, 2019.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. Depending on the cause, there are options to consider before cortisone shots or surgery.

One place to turn for chronic pain is the brain.

Many people suffering from chronic pain have discovered a low-cost, simple option to help them cope: classes in pain management. St. John’s Medical Center is offering a free eight-week session of classes designed to help people learn new skills to improve their quality of life.

“You can use your brain to help manage your pain, so you don’t have to continue to suffer,” said Holly Richert, MS, neuropsychology technician and care coordinator at St. John’s Cognitive Health. “There are a multitude of ways to deal with chronic pain.”

Classes cover pain models and theories, stress management, relaxation techniques, communication skills, sleep, nutrition, medication management, pacing, and more.

Michael Minter found relief from chronic pain after he was referred to a three-week class last year.

“After a year and a half of tests, scans, and doctor’s exams, I was diagnosed by a leading medical center with a chronic pain condition,” Minter said. Rather than travel, Minter opted to enroll in pain management classes at St. John’s last fall. “I am now almost pain free. I highly recommend the class.”

The next session of pain management classes will be held weekly on Wednesdays, May 8–June 26, from 5:30 to 7:00pm at St. John’s. For more information and to register, call 307-739-7589.