HRMC Offers Help for Chronic or Acute Lower Back Pain
October 01, 2020
Huron Regional Medical Center is now offering help for those suffering with chronic or acute back or lower back pain.
“This is part of our overall strategy to decrease opioid use and improve quality of life for our patients, “ explained Jason Barnhard, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), who is currently completing a fellowship in chronic and acute patient management.
Barnhard and HRMC's team of CRNAs perform interventional pain management using minimally invasive techniques. This therapy, which is administered in an outpatient appointment in HRMC's surgical department, helps the healing process and relieves pain when other non-surgical interventions have failed. Often patients regain mobility and return to work or home responsibilities.
“We work with a patient’s primary care provider or orthopedic surgeon to provide pain relief for either an acute injury or chronic pain,” said Barnhard.
Conditions treated through HRMC's 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.
- 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.
Steroid injections may be paired with physical therapy and possibly chiropractic care to help patients gain back and core strength for longer term pain relief. For more information on pain management services at HRMC, visit with your health care provider or listen to a presentation by Barnhard on the August 30 edition of the Well One Connection On-Air podcast online at https://www.performance-radio.com.
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