Gritman is proud to have the only certified Nonsurgical Pain Management (NSPM) specialist in the area, and one of only 20 in the nation, with a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who has earned an advanced Non-Surgical Pain Management Certification.
Interventional pain management uses pain-blocking techniques, such as injections, to alleviate pain. It works best when combined with physical therapy, massage, chiropractor visits, yoga, or medications.
In June 2018, we became the only hospital in the area, and one of only 20 in the nation, with a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who has earned an advanced Non-Surgical Pain Management Certification. Deb Mauro-Bender, DNAP, CRNA earned her certification after two years of education and hands-on training, allowing her to perform advanced injections such as cervical epidural steroid injection and sacral catheters.
Yes. We can prescribe non-opioid medications shown to alleviate pain. If opioids are needed, we’ll refer you to your primary care provider for a medication evaluation.
When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll be offered medication to help you relax. A registered nurse will then escort you to the operating room and get you comfortable. Using x-rays, we find the exact place for the injection and then numb your skin in that area. The injection takes 10 minutes or less and since the area is numbed, there is only a slight discomfort. You can go home shortly after the procedure, however, you’ll need a driver because of the calming medicine.
You should feel immediate pain relief, which may improve over the next week. For best results, injections are usually given in a three-part series with a one month gap between each visit.