A middle-aged man holds his back in pain as he stands up out of a black office chair with a grimace on his face

Ruling out Surgery with Pain Management Options

Apr 10 2019

Surgery can be a big decision and sometimes it seems like the only solution to chronic pain problems. However, it doesn’t have to be the only solution. Ruling out surgery with pain management options at a physical and pain medicine clinic is one alternative.

Learn how Joe Frensley found success with a pain management plan.

Due to the severe pain Joe Frensley was experiencing in his lower back, he had his first surgery to correct the problem thirteen years ago with the understanding of the potential need for subsequent, future surgeries. “Things were great for about a year then I noticed my left arm going numb. The doctor said I needed another surgery,” says Joe Frensley.

Like many people who suffer from back pain, this retired educator wanted to delay surgery as long as possible and see what non-surgical options were out there. Joe heard about the new Physical and Pain Medicine Clinic at Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital.

The new Physical and Pain Medicine Clinic at Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital implements a new treatment model.

“Our new model is patient-centered, emphasizing the importance of patient education, including incorporating alternative therapies,” says Cheryl Vinson, APRN. “Mr. Frensley has seen much success with his care plan, which includes anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, pain injections and a compound crème. In fact, this model is working so well for him, Mr. Frensley has delayed his surgery.”

Services at the Paducah Physical and Pain Medicine Clinic include ultrasound-guided procedures, medication management and therapy and care coordination. Some of the conditions the Paducah Physical and Pain Medicine team will treat include arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic pain, migraine and neuropathy.

“I am sleeping so much better at night and I don’t have to toss and turn to get comfortable,” adds Joe. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the care I have received at Mercy Health. Everyone is so friendly and my treatments are so quick. In fact, I told my family if I have to have another back surgery, I want it done at Mercy Health because I know they will take good care of me.”

Visit the Mercy Health website for more information or to see if you could benefit from pain management services at a Mercy Health location near you.

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