February 26th, 2003

Great River Medical Center has taken another step in reducing and relieving patients’ pain with the introduction of Great River Pain Clinic, the region’s first center dedicated to improving quality of life through proper pain management. The first patients were admitted for outpatient treatment in early February.

In 2001, the hospital introduced pain resource nurses to inpatient units. Twelve specially trained registered nurses serve as links between the scientific advances in pain management and the bedside care provided to patients in pain.

“Pain management means keeping pain at a tolerable level, not always eliminating it,” said Misty Harris, R.N., pain management specialist. “It can improve your physical and mental health. Your mind and body will be less stressed, and you will sleep better. Besides improving the quality of life, appropriate pain management has been proven to improve treatment results and reduce hospital stays.”

Great River Pain Clinic brings a new approach to treating pain by providing treatments from a variety of medical disciplines through a single source. Nidal Alkurdy, M.D., a neurologist, provides physician services. Additional medical specialties available include anesthesiology, oncology, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery and others as needed.

Treatment plans may include:

  • Injections (epidural steroid, nerve block and trigger point)
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological assessments and treatment
  • Stress management
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Warm-water therapy

Great River Pain Clinic is located at the Great River Center for Rehabilitation. Physician referral is required. For more information, please call Great River Pain Clinic at (319) 768-4242.