We offer treatment plans on both an inpatient and outpatient basis specifically designed for each individual to reduce pain, improve function, and maximize quality of life.
Our certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are experts trained in pain management. They work closely with physicians, operating room staff, and other health care professionals to provide patient pain relief.
Our CRNAs provide anesthetic care for patients from initial evaluation to discharge. They consult with patients to provide a personalized pain-management plan during and after surgery or other medical procedures.
While some pain is common after surgery, modern pain medications and anesthesia can minimize post-surgical pain and discomfort. Well-controlled pain using pain medications can speed healing and lead to fewer complications after surgery. Types of pain medication and anesthesia offered include:
- Labor Epidural
- Invasive and non-invasive pain relief techniques
- Intrathecal pain relief techniques
- Patient-controlled analgesia (pain killers)
Outpatient Pain Management Services
Pain management services are offered the first and thrid Monday of each month at the Outreach Specialty Clinic to help patients who suffer from chronic pain. Our anesthesia team's pain management services offer safe and effective pain relief as an alternative to narcotic drugs.
CRNAs perform interventional pain management using minimally invasive techniques. The therapy aides the healing process and relieves pain when other non-surgical interventions have failed. Patients often regain mobility and return to work or home responsibilities.
Conditions treated through pain management services include:
- Lower Back Pain: Steroid injections reduce inflammation that causes lower back pain, including herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis, a narrowing of open spaces within the spine that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. A patient may have up to three steroid injections a year if needed.
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Sacroiliac injections reduce inflammation where the lower spine and pelvis connect, reducing pain in the buttocks, lower back or legs. The injections may also be used for other therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.
- Muscle Pain: Trigger point injections treat painful areas of muscle groups or knots of muscle when muscles do not relax.
A physician referral is required for pain management services. For more information on pain management, please call (605) 690-1615.