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Finding relief from pain can help people live a more fulfilling life. Gritman is the only hospital on the Palouse to have a team of full-time Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) certified in Non-Surgical Pain Management. This means our team is trained in performing advanced pain-blocking techniques to alleviate pain without the use of opioids. Rather than simply prescribing pain medications to treat symptoms, our goal is to find and address the root cause of the pain.
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.
We offer numerous pain management options, such as cooled radiofrequency ablation; cervical, thoracic and lumbar epidural steroid injections; facet injections; transforaminal epidural injections; trigger point injections; joint injections; occipital injections for headaches; sympathetic blocks; and medial branch nerve blocks.
To offer the region and our patients the best surgical options and interventional pain management, we have partnered with Inland Northwest Anesthesia and Pain (INAP) to provide expanded and top-of-the-line anesthesia care and pain management. We now have four full-time Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who are all certified in Non-surgical Pain Management. Our CRNAs have more than six decades of combined experience.
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.
It did not take long for Kendrick resident Dareld Hazeltine to form a connection with Deb Mauro-Bender, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Gritman Medical Center’s Interventional Pain Clinic.
It is something that tends to happen when you put a pair of military veterans in the same location, even when it is a medical examination room.
Pullman resident Sunni Caylor was nearing the point of giving up. She had been living with intense back pain for more than three decades – she thought it was just the way things were. Then, this past summer, it got to the point she could barely stand.
A visit to Gritman’s Interventional Pain Clinic changed everything.
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The process involves the destruction – or ablation – of nerves to reduce chronic pain by preventing the transmission of pain signals. It can provide a year or more of pain relief and improve physical functionality – without the use of potentially addictive pain medications.
“For some people who can hardly walk and move, cooled radiofrequency ablation allows them to go back to immediately doing their normal daily activities,” Deb Mauro-Bender, one of our CNRAs certified in Non-surgical Pain Management (NSPM), said.