New Program Takes a Unique Approach to Pain Management
MidMichigan Health is partnering with Michigan Medicine to bring a new Spine and Pain Program to the Great Lakes Bay Region. This unique program takes a functional and biomechanical approach to pain management. The goal of the program is to provide patients with safe, evidence-based, minimally-invasive pain relief solutions to allow them to carry out their daily activities with less pain.
Spine and Pain Management Team at MidMichigan Health. Left to Right: Anthony Chiodo, M.D., David Kohns, D.O., and John Yarjanian, D.O.
The program is staffed by an experienced team of physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists from the University of Michigan who are board certified in pain medicine. These include Anthony Chiodo, M.D., David Kohns, D.O., and John Yarjanian, D.O. Their office is located in the Midland Professional Suites Building at 555 West Wackerly, Suite 2600, in Midland.
“We use a careful history and physical examination, combined with diagnostic testing to identify the root cause of each patient’s individualized pain and develop a treatment plan directed toward it,” said Dr. Chiodo. “This plan includes solutions like medications and procedures, as well as things done by the patient, including exercise and proper biomechanics. Treatment may also include collaborating with physical and occupational therapists, as well as clinical psychologists.”
Some of the most common causes of pain that are treated through the program include traumatic injuries, arthritis, degenerative disc disease and radicular nerve pain. “Our most common pain relief procedures include steroid injections and nerve blocks,” added Dr. Chiodo.
Steroid injections work by reducing the effects of inflammation around the source of the patient’s pain. This fluid also serves as a cushion for the nerves located within the body, which allows for prolonged pain relief. Nerve block treatments work via an injection of medication to numb a specific group of nerves within the body. Depending on the patient’s specific condition, physical therapy, weekly massages or acupuncture may also be utilized to further manage pain.
Those interested in MidMichigan’s Spine and Pain Program should speak with their primary care physician or advanced practice provider to request a referral. Those who would like to inquire about scheduling a comprehensive pain management consultation, may call (989) 832-4202.