Reduced Pain Leads to Patient Gains

While many of us have arisen on a Monday morning with the “I can’t get outta bed” kind of soreness that comes with a weekend spent working in the yard, a one-on-one game that got a little too serious, or a marathon shopping trip in shoes that you really shouldn’t have worn, most can shake the cobwebs and recover quickly.

For some, though, pain is a constant. Walking. Sitting. Simply living. To address the needs of those living with chronic pain, Story Medical is now offering the services of Chris Hanson, CRNA, a fellowship-trained pain medicine specialist. Hanson began seeing patients in Nevada in July. He says it is vital to have pain management services close to home.

“People in smaller communities need an option close to home,” says Hanson, who has provided pain management services at smaller hospitals and clinics around central Iowa for almost four years. “There is often a significant wait to be seen at clinics in larger towns. And when dealing with pain, the earlier we can intervene the better."

According to Hanson, the kind of pain that requires intervention can seriously hamper quality of life and lead to side effects like depression and more.

“Pain can be debilitating,” he says. “If it leads to decreased mobility and activity, it can open the patient up to a whole host of complications like an altered gait, overuse injuries and increased inflammation.”

All contribute to a vicious cycle without proper treatment. Hanson offers a variety of options from less invasive strategies like physical therapy, diet change and medication management, to more invasive therapies that work to block the nerves being impacted. Regardless of the treatment plan, Hanson says the patient is key.

“Pain management is a partnership between me and the patient,” he says. “In most cases, a successful outcome depends on the patient taking an active role in managing the pain and working toward recovery.”

And when it all comes together it is a beautiful thing.

“I recently had a patient who had never held her grandchild,” Hanson says. “We worked together to manage her pain and she is now overjoyed that she can play a more active role in her grandchild’s life. That is rewarding for the patient and for me.”