Expanded Pain Management Services at HRMC
August 31, 2022
Taking a pill may seem like the easiest way to reduce pain - but anti-infammatory and opioid medications can have unpleasant side effects, including addition.
“Opioids don’t actually relieve pain, they just trick the mind into thinking the pain is taken care of,” says Jason Barnhard, certified registered nurse anesthetist at Huron Regional Medical Center.
Barnhard recently completed a fellowship program in acute and chronic pain management and is offering expanded outpatient services.
Comprehensive Pain Intervention Can Help
To truly treat chronic pain, you need a complete physical examination, as joint pain could be treated differently than pain in muscles or nerves. Additionally, the source of your pain could be somewhere else in your body than the site of your pain, such as an issue in your lower back causing pain in your hip or upper thigh. Even some types of abdominal pain can be managed without surgery.
“There are numerous interventions and injections that can improve pain and quality of life over the use of opioids,” Barnhard says. “These interventions can be discussed with your primary care provider.”
Ask your orthopedic or primary care provider for a referral to pain management services at HRMC.
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