Adena Health Patients Rediscover Life Through Pain Management
Unfortunately, pain is a common, daily burden for more than 70 million people in the United States.
Adena Interventional Pain Management was founded with the goal of helping people return to normal, productive living. Seeing patients in Chillicothe, Circleville, Greenfield, Hillsboro, and Waverly, the team of pain specialists create individualized, balanced care plans for each patient designed to help get patients back to doing the things they love. This involves a wide range of services and treatments that include minimally invasive interventional procedures, physical therapy, medication management, and more.
For patients Diana Stiers and Linda Moore, the relief they needed was found with the help of experts they could trust in diagnosing the cause of their pain and helping eliminate it.
Circleville-area resident Diana Stiers lived with pain for a long time.
Diana was involved in a car accident in 1997 in which she suffered several broken bones, including her kneecap, foot, ankle, and toes, bringing with them considerable pain. She worked with a pain specialist in Johnstown, where she lived at the time, to treat the pain with medication.
After a while, however, she decided she wanted to explore options other than medication.
Following a relocation to Circleville, Diana began searching for alternate care for her pain. That’s when she discovered Adena Health and Andrew Porter, DO, with Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute.
Instead of turning to pain medication, Dr. Porter sought a more long-term solution to Diana’s pain issues. An electrical nerve stimulator device designed to relieve pain was the plan, and Diana said it changed her entire outlook on life.
After a trial period with a temporary device, she made the decision to have a permanent device implanted and has praised the results. The device alone, she said, has resulted in about an 80% reduction in her pain level and, when paired with a different medication, has dropped that level to nearly nothing.
Besides praising the successful solution at which she and Dr. Porter were able to arrive, Diana said he is very caring, will go above and beyond what is required, and listens carefully to what his patients are saying. He even told her to call him directly if she has any issues.
Without question, Diana said she would recommend Dr. Porter to anyone seeking pain relief.
For 80-year-old West Portsmouth resident Linda Moore, 38 years in a school kitchen doing a lot of heavy lifting and moving objects like 50-pound slabs of butter to where they’re needed took its toll.
The work, she said, contributed to leg pain that developed over time that was initially treated with 10 epidurals over a four-year period. By the tenth one, however, their effectiveness began to wane.
Linda then met with a Columbus-area physician who told her she was experiencing calcium deposit buildup in her spine from the large number of epidurals. She had surgery on her back that involved metal rods and screws to remove the calcium buildup.
More time passed and the back pain returned, so she asked her primary care physician where she lives what she could do to ease the pain. She was given a referral to Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute.
There, she met with Xiaogang Jiang, MD, who evaluated her condition and administered two nerve block shots and had her undergo ablation therapy within the last year. Since then, she said her back pain has become a thing of the past and she has regained the quality of life she so badly waited so long to return to.
Linda says everyone she encountered at Adena Health was very kind and easy to understand. She was so pleased with Dr. Jiang, in fact, that she recommended him to a good friend who also found relief from her pain thanks to his efforts.
Like Diana and Linda, if you are experiencing pain that is keeping you from the activities you love, let the experts at Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute help. Schedule an appointment by calling 740-779-4598 or visit Adena.org/AOSI.