Non-Surgical Medical Treatment of Chronic Pain - Pain Management Partners

Specializing in Non-Surgical Treatment of Chronic Pain

Welcome to Pain Management Partners!

Serving Lane County, we offer multifaceted pain management, quality service and in-depth knowledge. Pain Management Partners, LLC in Eugene, Oregon specializes in non-surgical medical treatment of intractable pain. Our nationally recognized medical practitioners emphasize comprehensive care with a multidisciplinary perspective. We offer thorough evaluation, treatment recommendations, coordination of care, and alternative approaches when usual options fail.

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Patients of Pain Consultants Information

Dear Patients of Pain Consultants:

Pain Management Partners, LLC, will do its best to help patients of Pain Consultants of Oregon during this time of transition. This sudden announcement of Pain Consultants' closure may be overwhelming to you as a patient as well as to us as providers and staff of our clinic and other clinics that will now be assisting you. 

Here are some things you can do right now:

1. Request a copy of your records from Pain Consultants of Oregon before Jan. 27 by completing their authorization form found on their website at: (click here) release-of-information_2016.pdf. You must complete this form in order to release your medical records to our clinic and have them sent to us. We will need one year of records, including labs, x-rays and urine drug tests. You may also take the completed form to their office and request your records be released to you in person.

2. Pain Management Partners will help in accommodating patients who contact us. When you call, please provide your name, birth date, phone number and insurance. We do not accept United Health Care. We do not see patients with SAIF's MCO Majoris. You must also fill out a PMP request of information form: (click here) PMP-request-of-information.pdf. Please drop this form off at our office at Willamette Medical Center, 2401 River Road, Eugene, Monday-Thursday between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Our phone number is 541-344-8469.

 3. We will contact all patients who have inquired with us starting Monday, Jan. 23, with more detailed information. Pain Management Partners is a non-surgical clinic and we do not provide pain pump replacement or epidural steroid injections, but may be able to provide some pump refills.

4. If you need to have prescriptions filled, contact Pain Consultants of Oregon and your primary care physician immediately to inform them of your prescription needs.

5. Starting Monday, Jan. 23, a free six-week workshop is open to all patients called Living Well with Chronic Conditions. This class teaches self-care techniques for chronic conditions and chronic pain that can be invaluable during this stressful time of finding a new pain management provider. Call 541-682-4103 to sign up. Everyone is welcome, including caregivers and family. The class hours are Mondays 2-4:30 p.m. at our clinic in the Community Room, lower level. 

Karla Austin, FNP, joins PMP

Karla Austin, FNP

Pain Management Partners welcomes Karla Austin, FNP, to its practice. Austin received her master’s degree at Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Nurse Practitioner Program with honors in 2010. Since receiving her family nurse practitioner degree, she has been working in pain management, including starting her advance practice career in Texas in orthopedic surgery, in both clinical and surgical settings. Before returning to Eugene, Austin was most recently practicing in Arizona managing both acute and chronic pain patients. She works as a functional medicine provider using alternative and complementary care, including experience in treating patients with pain pumps and spinal stimulators to working with essential oils and transdermal magnesium for pain reduction.

Her areas of treatment include:

  • Back pain, autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, headache and complex regional pain problems.

Other:

  • Naturopathic medicine techniques
  • Offering coordinated, multidisciplinary care, as well as injection therapies.
  • Accepting most insurances including Worker’s Compensation and Motor Vehicle.

Austin is also currently enrolled at the University of Natural Medicine in San Dimas, Calif., obtaining a dual doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine with a scheduled graduation date in 2018. 

Returning and new patients may call the office today to make an appointment, 541-344-8469.

Shared Medical Visits Open for 2017

At Pain Management Partners, Shared Medical Visits (SMV) are a unique opportunity to engage in a follow-up appointment with your medical provider in a small group setting that will allow you to acquire additional skills important to your pain management. During this 2.5-hour visit with your medical provider, you will engage with others who share a path towards wellness and pain management, increase your quality of life, and explore alternatives for pain control. Please sign up for at least two Shared Medical Visits of your choice over the next year. Review the schedule below to see which topics are of interest to you. Presently, these SMVs are scheduled every third Thursday of the month. For information, call 541-344-8469 to find out more and to schedule.

2017 Shared Medical Visit Schedule

(Third Thursday of each month from 1:15 – 4 p.m.)

  • January 19 Featuring Massage Therapy with Richard Bailey.
  • February 16 Featuring Acupuncture with Darby Valley, L.Ac.
  • March 16 Featuring Physical Therapy: Self Care with Leigh Ann Turner, LPTA
  • April 20 Featuring Flair up Plans: Dr. Jim Morris
  • May 18 Featuring Hypnotherapy: Peggy White, CHT, QHT
  • June 15 Featuring Yoga Nidra: Katie Fabian
  • July 20 Featuring Neuroplastity: Dr. Jim Morris
  • August 17 Featuring Nutrition/Inflamation: Karla Austin, NP
  • September 21 Featuring Physical Therapy: Self Care with Leigh Ann Turner, LPTA
  • October 12 Featuring Sleep Hygiene: Carolyn Buel, NP
  • November 16 Featuring What is pain? Or Pain 101: Dr. Jim Morris
  • December 21 Featuring Chiropractor: Anthony Cutting, DC

PMP Statement of Philosophy 

Pain Management Partners, LLC, strives to provide excellent medical care in a friendly and supportive environment. Our goal is to achieve maximal improvement in medical, emotional and spiritual health for our patients. Our practice addresses symptoms of chronic conditions using an integrated, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary care model. The basis of this model is the individual patient.

Studies show that passive treatment models rarely succeed when active effort is not applied. Patients must be actively involved in their own care, if not more so than their healthcare providers. Success is not measured solely by symptom improvement. Treatment success depends heavily on objective functional gains including quality-of-life measures.

Patient effort, as measured by participation and responsible choice, is the key to achieving self-management skills and pain symptom control. We can show the way, but only the patient can provide the motivation and perform the work.


PMP Code of Ethics and Business Practices

Pain Management Partners, LLC, is committed to marketplace ethics and meets the Better Business Bureau's  Code of Business Practices. Pain Management Partners, LLC, maintains honest and reliable business practices. We make a pledge to be transparent, be responsive to customers, advertise honestly, honor promises and act with integrity. 

Feature Article: PMP Policy on Medical Marijuana

By James R. Morris, M.D.

At Pain Management Partners, we welcome our patients' questions about treatment options for chronic pain, including marijuana (cannabis).

Although regulated (medically and recreationally) in the state of Oregon, marijuana is not legal at the federal level. And, although the state of Oregon licenses health practitioners, the federal government sets national healthcare policy, licenses controlled substance prescribing and controls access to and distribution of approved prescription medications. The contradictory federal-state legal status of medical marijuana laws keeps cannabis in a legal limbo that leaves patients and medical practices vulnerable. These considerations factor into PMP patient risk analysis, affecting treatment decisions. PMP can recommend cannabis as a treatment option only where the clear benefits of this treatment outweigh the risks.

Due to medical risk and legal liability, PMP providers will not approve concurrent use of cannabis for patients on opiate or narcotic medications. PMP providers will, however, consider requests from patients who wish to substitute cannabis for their opiate medication. We actively support the individual’s right to the appropriate treatment option.

Patients who wish to discuss potential risks and benefits of marijuana (cannabis) in their treatment should make an appointment to have their questions addressed.

PMP will provide continued review of the medical and legal status of marijuana for pain management and update this policy as warranted.

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Feature Article: New Federal Guidelines for Opiod Prescribing: Does This Affect You?

By James R. Morris, M.D.

There is quite a bit in the news lately about changes to Federal guidelines for opiate prescribing. Just as new information can lead to new medications and new therapies, it can lead to a change in the therapies and medications we already have. In this case it has led the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) to make several recommendations for chronic pain treatment and opioid use. Perhaps the most reported part of those recommendations is that for chronic pain, opiate prescriptions should be written for a Morphine equivalent of 50mg per day or less. If you take opiates, at your next appointment you are welcome to ask how your prescriptions compare to CDC recommendations. If your medication needs to be adjusted you and your practitioner can make a plan for how best to do this. The CDC has also strengthened its recommendation to avoid taking opiates and Benzodiazepines on the same day. When it’s unavoidable, close monitoring should be used. There are many benzodiazepines, such as temazepam (Restoril), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax) and others. Most of the CDC recommendations are already things you likely do regularly, such as regular urine testing, education and discussion, setting goals for pain treatment and improved function, using non opiate medications, exercise and counseling. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment! If you would like to read more here are some links:

CDC Drug Overdose Guidelines. At A Glance.

CDC Drug Overdose Guidelines. Fact Sheet.

Reducing the Risks of Relief. New England Journal of Medicine.

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Feature Article: Trigger Point Stretches

Trigger points are small areas of tightly knotted muscle and connective tissue that cause localized and referred pain. By injecting anesthetic medicine into these points, the muscle can relax sopatients can gently stretch the tissue back to normal length, bringing lasting pain relief.
Trigger points are known to cause or contribute to headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, and many kinds of joint pain, mistakenly ascribed to arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis or ligament injury.
Trigger point injections are an effective treatment modality for inactivating trigger points and providing prompt relief of symptoms from myofascial pain syndrome.

View trigger point exercises for:
These exercises can be done several times a day in conjunction with your treatment plan.

Presentation and photos by Erin Mary Gray, Osteopathic Medical Student. 4th Year, Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW, PMPproject, July 2015.

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Willamette Medical Center
2401 River Rd, Suite 101
Eugene OR 97404
Hours: M-F 9 am to 4 pm

Business Office: 541-431-0631
Pharmacy Line: 541-393-0061
Scheduling: 541-344-8469
Fax: 541-687-8631

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