Solving Pain Takes a Team
February 13, 2023
If you're one of the many residents of Beadle County and the surrounding area living with pain, you might not know about the local resources that can provide relief without surgery or opioid medications. A new pain task force is working to connect the community to complete pain resources right here in Huron.
In 2022, HRMC established the task force involving members of local care teams and a variety of community partners, including chiropractors, physical therapists, mental health counselors and pharmacists. The task force’s goal is to connect patients with the providers who can help them get back to feeling like themselves without the use of potentially addictive narcotic medications.
“The idea is that, although all of the providers aren’t under one roof, we can come together as a community and provide services that many patients may not realize are close to home,” says Jason Barnhard, certified registered nurse anesthetist at HRMC, who helped spearhead the task force’s establishment.
Jake Lindgren is exactly the type of patient the task force set out to help. “I like to be active non-stop – I don’t do a very good job of sitting still,” says Lindgren, who was sidelined with back-pain prior to a hunting trip that would require significant physical stamina. “I didn’t know there was a space between chiropractic care, physical therapy and surgery. It gave me the results I needed to be able to perform that hunt.”
TURNING DOWN THE DISCOMFORT TOGETHER
If you see your primary care provider, orthopedist or chiropractor about acute or chronic pain, he or she may refer you to a member of the pain task force, such as Barnhard. He can provide pain-reducing interventions, such as steroid injections, and refer you for other forms of care, such as physical therapy and counseling.
Another valuable option is chiropractic services, which may include spinal manipulation and soft-tissue techniques, along with complementary pain education and lifestyle modification recommendations. A 2020 study found that chiropractic care can reduce the risk of needing opioids for spinal pain by 50%.
“We want our community to be happy and healthy, and part of that is keeping them safe from the harmful effects of opioids,” says Wayne Carr, CCSP, ACRB, AFMCP, AC, chiropractic and functional medicine provider in Huron. “We want people to know that if they develop chronic pain, we have a team of experts in our community to help manage that discomfort.”
Visit www.huronregional.org/pain to learn more about pain management services at HRMC.
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