Are You in Pain?
Our holistic treatments address patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Pam Geyer discusses with a patient how to best manage pain.
At Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, we understand that when patients can manage pain effectively they can engage in a wider range of activities and enjoy a higher quality of life.
There are two major types of pain—acute and chronic (neuropathic)—that can make dealing with an illness or injury very challenging. “We understand pain and how to best manage it,” said Pam Geyer, Manager, Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery Program and Pain Management. “Our approach is in alignment with best practice treatments.”
Best practice treatments include following the World Health Organization analgesic ladder and incorporating a multimodal approach to chronic pain. Oxygen, ice, physical therapy and occupational therapy are all deployed to alleviate pain for Henry Mayo patients. In addition, the Henry Mayo pain management team focuses on education.
“If you think of pain like Swiss cheese, nothing fills all the holes or receptors, but with adjuvant medications, we can fill in many more,” Geyer said. “The fewer opioids [powerful painkillers] involved means more of a life for our patients.
“We believe in a holistic method,” Geyer emphasized. “[We] address the psychological, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients.”
To learn more about pain management and Henry Mayo’s services and treatments, please visit henrymayo.com.