Balanced Pain Management Treatment Coming to Community

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Putnam County Hospital will soon open a balanced pain management center at the Putnam County Hospital Surgery Center and Outpatient Clinic area inside the hospital. Putnam County Pain Management Center will diagnose acute and chronic pain and create individualized treatment plans for patients based on a number of considerations, including the cause and level of pain.

Diagnoses treated at the center include neck and back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic pelvic pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), nerve damage, as well as pain associated with arthritis, muscle spasms and shingles.

The center will be staffed by Danielle Turnak, MD, a highly trained pain management specialist. Dr. Turnak completed her anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind. She is also board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Turnak has been treating patients for pain in Central Indiana for over 15 years.

Putnam County Pain Management Center is committed to patients for the life of their pain and compliance with their care plan. The center establishes an agreement with the patient that holds him or her accountable to the use of only one pharmacy, one prescribing physician, keeping medications safe from loss or theft, pill counts and urine drug testing.

“People who have acute or chronic pain that is preventing them from living their normal life may be a good candidate for this program,” says Dr. Turnak. “We offer some of the most advanced treatments available today for pain management. These treatments are more tolerable and less invasive than in the past,” he adds.

“There is a significant need for this type of service in our community,” says Dennis Weatherford, CEO of Putnam County Hospital.  “We are very pleased to provide local, safe and effective pain treatment to patients and their primary care physicians. The last thing these patients need is to travel long distances for treatment when they’re already in pain.”

Referral lines will open Friday, May 1 and Dr. Turnak will begin seeing patients June 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Putnam County Pain Management Center at 765-301-7450 .