FORT MYERS, Fla. - WINK News told you last week about several people having trouble finding prescription pain medication at local pharmacies. Now, Lee Memorial Health System is offering another option. And they say, it'll get you in and out, and on your way to recovery, in just one day!
Abby Roseman suffers from chronic pain, after a car accident on Valentine's Day 2013.
"I want to be functional, I want to be productive and with this pain I can't be. I am willing to try anything," said Roseman.
She's tried everything from hydrocodone, to morphine, to ease the pain.
Last week, WINK News told you about the problem patients in SWFL have, getting their hands on *legal* prescription pain pills.
Roseman has that problem, but also, doesn't like the way pills make her feel.
"Any alternative to taking any medication is better to me. I think it's better for my body if I don't have to put any chemicals in me," said Roseman.
That's why Lee Memorial health system recently opened the Spine and Pain center.
"We have several techniques to help patients come off pain medications, to prevent any of the withdrawal features they commonly would get if we didn't help them," said Dr. Gene Mahaney, a pain management specialist.
Within the center's four walls, there are several different types of specialists, with different ways to treat pain, without relying on pills.
"Pills solve symptoms of chronic pain, it doesn't solve the cause and underlying issues. so that's why we believe in physical therapy, and interventions such as injections," said John Thorpe, director for the center.
The idea is to have a one stop shop, where patients can come in, get examined, diagnosed, and treated, all in one day.
"Whether it's a referral to neurology, pain management, or a more conservative physical therapy rigament," said Thorpe.
Here is a link to the center's site: http://www.leememorial.org/spinecenter/index.asp