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Specialist to Speak on Pain Management Alternatives

from Council on Chemical Abuse

Mar 27, 2019
Council on Chemical Abuse

Free presentation will provide tools to treat chronic pain without opioids

Reading, PA: An estimated 25 million Americans suffer from daily, chronic pain, and many rely on opioid medications to manage that pain. Today, with opioid addiction rates at epidemic levels, the need for alternative, effective forms of pain treatment is crucial.

On Friday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) will host a Lunch & Learn that addresses compassionate alternatives to opioids for pain management at Reading Central Branch YMCA in the 2nd floor meeting room, located at 631 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required.

The topic will be presented by Akintomi Olugbodi, M.D., a fellowship-trained Interventional Pain Medicine Physician, a Neurologist and an Internist. His background enables him to provide the most comprehensive diagnosis in determining the origins of pain and the best solutions for pain relief.  His education and experience offer a unique perspective to healing.

During his hour-long presentation, he will discuss conditions that cause chronic pain such as spinal stenosis, disc herniation, sciatica, complex regional pain syndrome and lower back pain following back surgery.

Dr. Olugbodi will review effective methods for managing pain without opioid medications. Such procedures include, but are not limited to, epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency neurotomy and spinal cord stimulation therapy. All options can be personalized to a patient’s condition.

This Lunch & Learn is part of a series of monthly, hour-long, lunch time programs offered by COCA. All programs address issues related to addiction, treatment and prevention and are offered at no cost. A pizza lunch is provided.

For more information about this event and to register:
Visit or contact Minna Lopez: (610) 376-8669, Ext. 101, [email protected].

About Council on the Chemical Abuse (COCA)

Established in 1972 by a group of community members, COCA was formed as a private non-profit organization to address rising concerns of drug and alcohol use in Berks County. The Berks County Commissioners contract with COCA as the Single County Authority for Berks County, PA. As the coordinating agency for publicly supported drug and alcohol programming in the county, COCA and its partners provide an array of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services.

About Akintomi Olugbodi, M.D.
Dr. Olugbodi is a fellowship-trained Interventional Pain Medicine Physician, Neurologist and Internist. He is a member of many professional bodies including the Spine Intervention Society, American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology.

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