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Why Specialty Pain Care?

About Anesis Spine & Pain Care

Pain is traditionally thought of as a symptom of an underlying disease or injury. The preference is always to treat as best as possible any underlying problem that may be causing pain. Episodes of acute pain can often be effectively treated, but some pain can at times persist and become chronic. There are many diseases of the spine, joints, and other body systems that cannot be cured, and may lead to lasting changes in the nervous system. In these situations, many experts argue that chronic pain should be considered a disease in and of itself. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain usually does not subside, and may never be eliminated entirely. It often becomes a lifelong condition that must be carefully managed in order to minimize suffering and maximize physical functioning and quality of life.

Specialty pain care combines aspects of many medical and allied disciplines to address the long-term physical, emotional, and psychosocial aspects of chronic pain. Pain related-diagnoses often differ–but are complementary to–the disease states recognized and treated by other allied specialists, such as orthopedists, rheumatologists, neurologists, and surgeons. Our providers emphasize a multimodal approach to managing pain that includes physical therapy, home exercises, medications and supplements, interventional therapies, behavioral health counseling, nutritional counseling, and targeted referrals to other specialists and complementary/alternative medicine providers.

 

Making PMP an Integral Part of Prescribing

By Ryan Burklund, M.D.
Anesis Spine and Pain Care

“The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is an essential tool for the prescriber of controlled substances in today’s practice environment, one that patient’s themselves are often unaware of. Laboratory testing and PMP data are two objective resources which can be matched against the subjective histories given by patients to determine their appropriateness for opioid or other types of therapy.

Recent data suggests that less than 30% of providers actually use PMP data as a regular part of their patient care. One major obstacle is certainly due to the labor-intensive nature of accessing PMP data. PMP data is available for providers and their delegated medical assistants (who must be state certified) through the Secure Access Washington (SAW) web site. The user can access the PMP database one patient at a time which can be very time consuming if you have a large number of patients. Optionally, the user can search for multiple patients but then will need to edit the results into separate files for each patient in order to load into their medical record which is a cumbersome and time-consuming process. The Department of Health who manages the PMP database does provide a way to access the PMP data directly from an EHR (electronic health record) system but the effort to integrate an EHR with the PMP database requires significant IT resources which are beyond the capabilities or resources of most clinics. As a result, most practices do not collect PMP data on their patients prior to their encounters.”

Read the full article and our October newsletter here

 

Our Providers

Adam Burkey, M.D.

Dr. Burkey’s focus is to bring a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to the treatment of chronic pain that limits opioids and improves functional quality of life.

Dr. Marshall Bedder, M.D.

Dr Bedder joins Anesis Spine and Pain in 2017 to provide advanced technology solutions for chronic pain patients who have not had success in their individual therapies.

Dr. Ryan Burklund, M.D

Dr. Burklund was trained  to utilize a multidisciplinary approach to personalized pain management in patients with a wide variety of pain syndromes.

Dr. Xi Chen, M.D.

Dr. Xi Chen has dedicated her future career to this rapidly-growing field and completed Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle