Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Pain Management Clinic will be relocating to the fifth floor of PMC’s Elliot Building and will be open on October 7.

This will provide additional space to allow PMC to accept new patients to provide medical management for chronic pain.

“The new location will allow us to expand our services and accommodate more patients who require medical pain management,” said PMC Pain Management Manager, Renee Caudill.

The move was met with much excitement from staff, patients and physicians, added Caudill.

The clinic is focusing on improving the quality of life of those living with constant pain.

The need for pain management is rapidly growing. PMC is taking an approach to treat all types of pain for patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain typically starts after an injury or because of a health condition. Some of the leading causes include past injuries or surgeries, back problems, migraines and other headaches, arthritis, nerve damage, infections and fibromyalgia.

Often patients feel dull aches, throbbing, burning, shooting pain squeezing stinging, soreness, stiffness in one’s body. Sometimes feeling very tired, feeling hungry, having trouble sleeping, experiencing mood changes, weakness or a lack of energy may be an indicator of chronic pain problems.

PMC treats Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Failed Back Syndrome, Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain and Multi-Disciplinary Pain Rehabilitation.

“Chronic pain is pain that lasts for three to six months or more,” said Caudill. “Chronic pain is difficult to live with, often your body keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years.”

Chronic pain can have real effects on your day-to-day life and your mental health.

She says PMC is focusing on evaluating, rehabilitating and properly treating patient’s pain.

“We want people to realize we are local and can treat their condition and avoid the burden of travel and expense,” Caudill added.

“We evaluate the problem from all directions and offer patients a quality care plan for their pain,” said Caudill.

If you have questions concerning pain management, contact PMC at 606-218-2217.