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.Our Services >
Pain Management Partners welcomes Karla Austin, FNP, to its practice in October. Austin received her masterís degree at Texas A&M University ó Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciencesí 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:
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.
Lee Porter, NP, CNS joined PMP this May. Lee is licensed and nationally certified as an adult nurse practitioner (NP) and also as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in psychiatry and mental health. He has more than 25 years of clinical experience in a variety of practice settings, from supporting clinical research at the National Institutes of Health to providing direct patient care at his own integrative medicine practice in coastal North Carolina, working primarily in psychiatry, neurology, and functional medicine.
Mr. Porter's perspective on patient care is via a holistic, whole person or bio-psycho-social approach, as consistent with the nursing paradigm; and he incorporates this approach to patient wellness and healing. As a clinical specialist, he applies this integrative perspective to health care via direct patient care, offering counseling and psychotherapy, patient and peer education, research, and patient advocacy, in addition to the medical services he provides as a nurse practitioner with prescriptive privileges.
Mr. Porter's clinical interest is in the mind-body aspects of pain, respiratory and stress physiology, mood and cognition, and patient self-empowerment in pain treatment. Lee works with patients using the most clinically effective therapies, including non-pharmaceutical therapies or standard medications.
A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Lee also received a BSN from Johns Hopkins University, an MSN from George Mason University in the George Washington University Medical Center collaborative nurse practitioner program. He then completed the national certification requirements as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in psychiatric and mental health nursing and a post-graduate internship in psycho-pharmacology at the University of Virginia. Lee also earned BCIA certifications in general biofeedback and in EEG neurofeedback.
Most recently from 2006-2015, Lee provided outpatient care at his practice, Allied Psychophysiology, in Wilmington, N.C., which focused on the care of patients with stress-related medical disorders, chronic pain conditions, brain injuries and post concussion syndrome, attention disorders, and anxiety and trauma. The clinical focus of the practice was neurological and psychiatric disorders, and medical and psychological disorders with a mind-body linkage. He also consulted in clinical and legal case management, health policy and administration, and provided continuing education and professional mentoring.
Lee appreciates the family atmosphere among staff and warmth shown to patients at Pain Management Partners, and he is honored to work with PMP patients on best managing their mind-body health and wellness.
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 individualís 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.
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 itís 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:
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