(Fremont County, Wyo.) - Everyone experiences pain occasionally, it is a normal a part of life. However, when you find you’re changing your lifestyle to accommodate pain, that’s a sign it’s becoming “chronic pain”. Chronic pain is a condition when pain sensors in your body shift their function from protecting you to preventing you from doing the things you can and love.
In January, Pain Care Center moved in next door to Fremont Therapy Group. Dr. Jed Shay started the Sweetwater County based medical practice in Rock Springs in 2011. He’s practiced pain management for 21 years and is excited to bring his skills to Fremont County.
“I believe strongly in a multidisciplinary team approach. This collaborative approach by the physician, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and/or behavioral specialists, allows each discipline to approach the patient’s pain from a different perspective, all working toward the one patient centered goal – to manage and overcome chronic pain,” commented Dr. Shay. Pain Care Center will be working very closely with Fremont and Wyoming Counseling services to insure that the psychological aspect of the pain are addressed.
Abigail Rodgers, CNS, APRN will be working with Dr. Shay at this new practice in Lander. Dr. Shay and Abigail Rodgers APRN develop a specific plan for each patient. They focus on medication management, physical medicine, minimally invasive pain relief procedures and behavioral therapy management. Dr. Shay has installed fluoroscopy and ultrasound equipment that allows him to perform in office minimally invasive procedures that previously required a hospital visit or travel to Casper or Rock Springs.
“Physical and occupational therapists play a vital role by helping patients understand the underlying cause of their pain, and how the brain and central nervous system’s hypersensitivity contribute to their chronic pain,” added Dr. Shay.
Chronic pain affects millions of Americans. It can last anywhere from several months to years. In most cases, the pain starts with an injury, illness or surgery. If left untreated, chronic pain can lead to additional complications such as anxiety, depression, medication tolerance and/or addiction. It can become a vicious cycle of pain, anxiety, and depression that negatively affect the quality of life and impair function. The use of narcotics in the US is higher than in all other countries in the world, combined.
Fremont Therapy Group welcomes Dr. Shay and Abigail Rodgers, APRN in the space next to our Lander clinic as well as in all of the communities we serve, including Sweetwater and Carbon Counties. As physical therapists, we wholeheartedly embrace his multidisciplinary approach. We are able to provide a variety of relieving treatments, particularly with our aquatic therapy program. The buoyancy and warmth of the water can provide immediate relief from back and joint pain. Other forms of pain relief include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, infrared, iontophoresis and more. Once the immediate symptoms of pain are alleviated, we begin introducing evidence based treatments, such as manual therapy, posture awareness, body mechanics instruction, and strengthening and flexibility exercises, that provide long term results.
Pain doesn’t have to be a way of life. If you would like more information about the pain management programs offered by Pain Care Center and/or Fremont Therapy Group, please call Dr. Shay or Abigail Rodgers, APRN at 307-212-6270 or Fremont Therapy Group in Lander at 307-332-5240 or in Riverton at 307-856-7021.
About Abigail Rodgers, CNS, APRN - Abby graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Science and Nursing and was certified to work as a Registered Nurse in 2006 from MedCentral College of Nursing in Mansfield, OH. She then worked in Cardiac and Telemetry nursing at local hospitals while pursuing a Master's Degree at Malone University in Canton, OH. She graduated in 2010 with a Master's in Science and Nursing and was certified to practice through the American Nurse's Credentialing Center. She then worked in a primary care setting for one year before becoming specialized in pain management.
About Jed Shay, M.D. - Dr. Shay specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain patients. He is qualified to treat opioid dependency with Suboxone. Dr. Shay has been in practice for more than 26 years. He completed his medical training at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 1990. This was followed by a surgical internship at UTMB and anesthesiology residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Shay moved to Wyoming in 2011 starting the Pain Care Center in Rock Springs. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Shay is a qualified subscriber of Suboxone for the treatment of opiate dependency.
About Fremont Therapy Group, LLC - Fremont Therapy has been serving Fremont County since 1996, and now operates clinics in Green River and Rawlins. The diverse background of our 25 licensed therapy professionals with a wide range of certifications and advanced training credentials gives our patients access to a therapist with the knowledge and skills to address their needs. The breadth of our staff also ensures flexible, timely scheduling and continuity of treatments. Patients are always seen by a licensed therapy professional. Fremont Therapy operates in modern facilities designed and built specifically for therapy services and includes spacious gym areas, heated aquatic therapy pools, and private treatment rooms. Fremont Therapy Group is a local company owned and managed by physical therapists who have been in the community for decades, and are driven by their profession and the betterment of the communities in which they live and work.