Pain Management: State-Of-The-Art Pain Clinic Offers One-Stop Services
“This is an incredible space,” he said. “It’s going to be very uplifting.”
Pain management can be stressful, and the soothing aesthetics at the newly opened Interventional Pain Clinic may provide additional comfort to patients undergoing pain management care.
Bauer leads the team of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists operating out of the new space on the third floor of the C.L. Gritman Medical Office Building, just across the street from Gritman Medical Center.
In addition to its aesthetics, the state-of-the-art space provides increased function – it includes both treatment rooms for procedures and exam rooms to evaluate pain in the same space, eliminating the need for pain patients to travel back and forth to the hospital for care. The change to a “one-stop” location has been in the works for several years and is part of a plan to expand access to coordinated care within the Gritman System.
“Patients know that we have a first-class setup for performing all our procedures,” Bauer said. “It’s allowing them to come here, be in a welcome atmosphere, collectively from clinic to procedure, without having to travel for care.”
Each member of the Interventional Pain Clinic team is certified in Non-Surgical Pain Management, working with patients on an individual basis to identify and address the root cause of their pain without the use of opioid-based prescription drugs.
“Our current practice is focused on finding what the root problem is, and not only finding it but linking it to other things going on in their life,” he said. “Stress, depression, mental illness – these items go hand in hand.”
Gritman Interventional Pain Clinic treatments include:
- Chronic Pain Treatments
- Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Facet, Epidural, Trigger-Point and Joint Injections
- Occipital Injections for Headaches
- Sympathetic Blocks
- Medial Branch Nerve Blocks
The clinic has a strong relationship with the U.S. Veterans Administration and can accelerate appointments for veterans suffering from pain management issues, Bauer said.
“I’m a veteran myself,” he said. “We feel very strongly that our veterans need to have a place where they can come and get excellent care.”
The clinic is part of a larger buildout of the C.L. Gritman Medical Office Building that will also include clinic space for a variety of additional specialty services. Bauer is thankful to the hospital administration for its vision in working toward this new space and providing the resources necessary to tackle pain management in a positive and efficient way.
“It’s been incredible,” he said. “We look forward to challenging ourselves to make sure we’re giving back to Gritman and the community.”