Pain can be the result of physiological or mechanical damage to a person’s body, but acute and chronic pain conditions can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to function normally and maintain a desired quality of life.
This was the case for Susan Theilen, who for years had experienced pain that affected her ability to enjoy life.
“I first saw Dr. Adimi [Nima Adimi, MD, MS, Ridgeview Spine & Pain Center] at the suggestion of my physician Stephen Ready, MD, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic. I was in a lot of pain from a previous spinal surgery and had a history of fighting degenerative disk disease for the past 15 years,” said Theilen.
She had been taking only over-the-counter NSAIDs to relieve pain and was completely miserable and felt hopeless. “I have a long history of spinal issues and have had countless interventional procedures for pain control including Epidurals and nerve block treatments. The current Opioid crisis and lack of prescribing left me without many treatment options that worked,” she said.
Theilen said Dr. Adimi assured her he had many available tools to help her manage pain and improve her quality of life. “He told me it would take some time as I had been living with this for a very long time,” she added.
Over the course of the next several months, Dr. Adimi helped to get Theilen’s pain under control and told her she was an excellent candidate for a neuro stimulator. “I went through the initial trial and found it alleviated much of my pain, and then decided to have it permanently implanted,” Theilen said.
Although she still experiences a degree of pain, she said she recognizes a significant decrease in her pain and symptoms. “I am functioning again,” she added.
“Today, I can tell you that I am joyful again. I have hope for the future. I have a smile on my face. Most important, I am laughing again. It’s been a long time. I am thankful for the compassionate care Dr. Adimi showed, and the care he and his staff put forth to individualize treatment. He listens, recommends, educates and adjusts treatments based on what works for me. Hurrah!”
How can Ridgeview help?
The goals of pain management are to: reduce pain, improve function and enhance quality of life. Treatments at Ridgeview Spine & Pain Center may include a combination of non-narcotic drug therapy, interventional therapy and alternative therapy. Plans are often adapted based on the patient’s response to care.
If you suffer from chronic pain, learn what options are available to you and speak with your primary care provider about a referral to Ridgeview’s Spine & Pain Center.