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APP Advisory Board member, Ashley Comer, featured Op-Ed article: Opioids aren’t the answer…

Published January 5, 2023

Ashley Comer Headshot, Nurse Practitioner

 

We’re proud to highlight Ashley Comer, A.P.R.N., NP-C, on her educational Op-Ed article in the Charleston Gazette! As a member of our Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Advisory Board and as a nurse practitioner working within Interventional Pain Management (IPM), Ashley interacts daily with patients suffering from chronic low back pain (CLBP), many of whom are simply searching for relief.

Data from a recent Harris Poll survey found that nearly 3 out of every 10 US adults currently suffer from CLBP, and over a third of those surveyed rated their back pain as “severe.” Many of these individuals visited multiple doctors, and while their pain progressed, only then considered seeing an Interventional Pain Specialist.

Read Ashley’s insights below on why patients should consider IPM at the onset of pain treatment and potential treatment options outside of the often-prescribed opioids.

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