Live with Less Pain
If you live with chronic pain, you're not alone. The CDC estimated about 20% of U.S. adults struggle with chronic pain, oftentimes resulting in mobility restrictions, opioid dependence, anxiety and depression, and a reduced quality of life. Chronic pain is defined as having pain on most days or every day in the past six months (Source: CDC.gov). The Pain Management Clinic at Pullman Regional Hospital can help manage and relieve your pain so you can get back to living your best life.
Pullman Anesthesia Associates
Our team of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at Pullman Anesthesia Associates have been trusted partners of Pullman Regional Hospital for more than 30 years. They provide safe, high quality anesthesia and pain management techniques for chronic and acute pain. Pullman Anesthesia Associates are members of the Society of Opioid Free Anesthesia (SOFA), dedicated to individualized opioid-free anesthesia to reduce the risks and side effects of opioid use.
Pain Management Services for Acute and Chronic Pain
COOLIEF: A Non-Narcotic, Non-Surgical Procedure for Chronic Pain - If you struggle with chronic knee, hip, and back pain, COOLIEF can provide pain relief that lasts up to 18 months. COOLIEF is a Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) procedure that works by creating heat around the sensory nerves to disrupt pain signals, relieving pain symptoms and reducing the need for opioid medication and other more intensive procedures. Most patients leave the hospital with no pain; however, it can take up to three weeks to experience peak pain reduction. Corey Johnson, CRNA, gives more details about COOLIEF in this extensive blog post.
Trigger point injections (TPI) - If you've been suffering from targeted, painful muscle areas, such as knots, a trigger point injection can help inactivate the muscle area and alleviate pain. TPIs typically take only a few minutes and provide lasting results.
Corticosteroid Injections - If you have chronic pain and inflammation in your joints, such as rheumatoid arthritis, cortisone shots may provide temporary relief that can last up to several months. It is advised not to receive corticosteroid injections more than a few times per year.
Nerve Blocks - There are several types of nerve blocks to help with pain management. Our most common block is called a Stellate Ganglion Block, which helps people suffering from nerve pain in the head, neck, arms, or chest. This procedure involves an injection of local anesthetic to the stellate ganglion; a block of nerves that supply the face and arm. The amount of pain relief varies from a few hours to days or weeks, and may be more effective after multiple injections.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I a candidate for a pain management procedure? Consider pain management services if you struggle with chronic lower back pain, knee, hip, and other joint pain and want a non-surgical, non-narcotic treatment.
- Do I need a referral from my doctor? Yes. Please speak with your primary care physician to receive a referral for pain management services.
- Is there a recovery process for these procedures? Unlike surgery, COOLIEF and pain management injections involve no incision. These minimally-invasive outpatient treatments allow patients to return home shortly after the treatment.
Testimonials from Real Patients
"I fell off a horse almost 50 years ago. I was taking about 10 Ibuprofens a day to manage the arthritic pain in my back. I saw immediate results after only one COOLIEF procedure. I am now able to mow, spray fields, and enjoy outdoor work. I get some backaches but they go away very quickly. For the most part, I'm just in heaven!" - Tod Kiblen, Moscow, ID
"I lived with chronic back pain for a long time and received regular Cortisone shots for temporary relief. I did a lot of research on the COOLIEF procedure and I know a lot of people who had it done and are going on three years without any pain. After finishing up my third procedure over the course of several month, I am a believer. I was walking around with pain at an 8 or 9 before and now I'm at about a 2. It's great!" - Jim Hagedorn, Viola, ID
"I couldn't even walk and I thought I was going to lose my job. I can't take any heavy medications but my job is so physical, I just couldn't do it anymore. Corey Johnson, CRNA, talked to me on a Wednesday and got me in for a COOLIEF procedure that Friday. Now, about 80 percent of my pain is gone. I still have some pain but I am so grateful to have relatively pain-free days now!" - Andrea Kinyon, Pullman, WA
Scheduling your Appointment
Pain management procedures require referrals from your primary care physician. Please contact Pullman Anesthesia Associates (509) 336-7569 for more information.