Manage Your Pain, Stay in the GameIf chronic pain is preventing you from enjoying your weekly tennis game, playing with your grandkids or taking a long walk, there is hope. An array of pain management options are available through Texas Health Resources hospitals.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle recently implemented a program to treat all types of pain. They have added two surgeons to treat debilitating chronic and acute-onset pain, and are in the process of implementing new technology.
“Pain is its own disease and requires its own specialist to manage it,” says Shirley Armitage, R.N., manager of Surgical Services at Texas Health Azle. “We want people to know they don’t have to live with pain. They simply need to address the problem head on, instead of waiting to go to the doctor months after they first experience symptoms.”
IS PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR YOU?
According to Armitage, an ideal candidate for pain management is someone who hasn’t been suffering a long time, as this allows doctors to determine the source of the pain in its early stages and provide proper relief. Since pain can vary from person to person, treatment plans are tailored to each individual’s needs through medication, nerve blocks or epidural steroid injections to reduce pain triggers.
For more information about pain management services at a Texas Health hospital, visit TexasHealth.org/painmanagement or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355). (Spring 2009)