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Newbridge Spine & Pain is joining Privia Medical Group

Newbridge Spine & Pain is joining Privia Medical Group

Newbridge Spine & Pain is joining Privia Medical Group

We are pleased to announce, as of 15 August 2017, Newbridge Spine & Pain Center has joined Privia Medical Group, a multi-specialty group of top physicians in our area.

What does this mean for patients?
• Same excellent service, same providers and staff
• Access to a new and improved Patient Portal
• Streamlined communication between your PCP and specialists for existing Privia medical group patients
• Improved EMR system so our staff can serve you better
• Options for text reminders for appointments.

What will existing Newbridge patients need to do?
1. Sign new forms at your first appointment on or after 8/15
2. Sign up for the new Patient Portal

We are still Newbridge Spine & Pain Center
It’s important to know that Newbridge Spine & Pain Center continues to manage and run our own practice under the umbrella of Privia Medical Group. Our practice location, contact information, and staff will remain the same.

As part of this transition, we will be offering access to a new state-of-the-art patient portal.

New portal invitations will be sent to all of our patients for whom we have an email address on file. When you receive this invitation, please take a few minutes to register your new portal account to take advantage of some great new features.

Lastly, our practice will continue to accept a wide variety of insurance plans.

Our goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible for you. While we transition to a new system our staff will be doing their utmost to limit any interruption to the high-quality service you are accustomed to and deserve.

We ask for your understanding during our first few months as we learn a new system.

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Jay Gonchigar, M.D.
Founder & Medical Director
Newbridge Spine & Pain Center

Debra Turner
Chief Operating Officer
Newbridge Spine & Pain Center

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3 Day Narcotic Prescriptions?

3 Day Narcotic Prescriptions?

3 Day scripts a good idea?

With Governor Hogan’s Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Initiative being announced in early 2017 there has been a lot of talk recently about the appropriate number of days a narcotic prescription should been written for.

An informative and timely article, dated January 28 2017, written in the Frederick News Post by Frederick physician Dr. Julio Menocal, addressed many of the issues relating to narcotics and opioids prescribing he suggested that a 3 day rule be instituted. One of our Frederick and Leesburg based pain doctors Dr. Chirag Sanghvi and our senior staff have pondered this suggestion.

The opioid epidemic is a very real concern. As the Surgeon General pointed out in his letter to physicians dated August 25 2016, “Since 1999, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled and opioid prescriptions have increased markedly – almost enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills. Yet the amount of pain reported by Americans has not changed.”

However, expecting your internal medicine/ primary care physician to have the tools to manage genuine long-term chronic pain is unreasonable considering the huge variety of ailments they skillfully treat and juggle daily.

What are the unintended consequences of the 3 day narcotic/ opioid script?

There are many complexities involved in treating pain responsibly. The proposed three-day rule certainly addresses the need for increased monitoring of opioid and narcotic prescriptions.

However, will this rule itself achieve the desired outcome?

With the assumption that terminally ill patients, such as patients with cancer, would not be subjected to the three-day restrictions we must also look at the unintended consequences this rule may trigger:

  • Large burdens on waiting rooms and provider schedules as patients fill the books with prescription refill, UDS screen and pill count appointments,
  • Additional monthly cost for patients who pay co-pays for every visit,
  • Increase in overall health care costs (which may be passed on to all patients eventually),
  • Emotional stress on genuine patients who feel they are being treated like drug seekers.

For those who are drug seeking there are other potential consequences to keep an eye out for:j0321056

  • Potential for increased incidences of “doctor shopping” in neighboring states
  • Potential increased theft of medications and break-ins,
  • Increase in use of heroin and alternative drugs as opioids become more difficult to obtain.

The three-day rule is certainly a conversation to be had, but perhaps equally as relevant is exploring alternative pain treatments.

Are we taking the right approach?

Many people do not realize that pain management is a specialty itself and is offered as a separate board-certification.

Unfortunately, most people seek specialist pain management care after having suffered with chronic pain for a long time and seeing physicians whose therapies are limited to pain medications.

Chronic pain along with prolonged use of narcotics causes multiple changes in the body such as changes in normal levels of circulating hormones and sleep cycles.  These chronic physiologic changes can cause mood changes along with changes to how our bodies perceive pain.

The good news is that there are many alternative pain treatments available. In most cases successful pain management utilizes an integrated approach that encompasses a combination of treatments.

As physicians we recognize that the opioid epidemic is a very real and serious situation. As board-certified interventional pain specialists we also recognize there is a need to treat genuine pain responsibly.  

We therefore recommend;

  • Using non-surgical, interventional procedures to immediately and effectively reduce pain levels.
  • In cases where medication management is necessary; reduce reliance on pharmacologic substances, maintain low doses and do not limit “pain medicine” to strong opioids & narcotics,
  • Outline a detailed and carefully designed treatment plan that takes a multi-modal approach to include: weight-loss, chiropractic, physical therapy and/or counselling.

medical professional, narcotics, opioids, pain specialistInterventional pain management procedures often enable patients to participate in and get the most out of other alternative treatments such as exercise, physical therapy or chiropractic manipulation.

These therapeutic interventions (procedures) work extremely well at the onset of pain when other physiologic changes have not yet occurred in the body and there is less damage to reverse.

Therefore, the earlier a patient seeks specialist care for their pain the less likely that patient is to be placed on a long-term medication schedule.

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Seasonal Injuries and Pain

Seasonal Injuries and Pain

Winter and the holidays is an exciting season. Most of us are spending time with family and friends, rushing around and putting up or taking down decorations for the changing holidays.

It’s at this time of year we see an increase in accidents and injuries that have potential to develop in to acute or chronic pain conditions. Conditions such as disc herniationpinched nerves, and lower back or knee injuries can develop from accidents caused by common actions we take during the holiday season. Therefore, we urge our patients to take extra caution. Here we offer a few things to remember when fulfilling your holiday cheer.

Lifting:

Improper lifting technique can harm both your knees and lower back.

Remember to keep a wide base, bend at the knees (squat), slowly lift, use your feet and lead with your hips.

For more info on proper lifting technique visit:

Pain during the Holidays

Reaching:

Pulling out items from above your head can put tremendous strain on the shoulders and cervical spine if done in a haphazard fashion.

Beware of over stocked boxes, they may be heavier than you think.

Be sure when you are pulling items from above your head you have someone or something beneath to help you catch them.

Climbing/falls:

Holiday light stringing and removing increases the risk of falling from heights.

Falls can range in severity causing minor bruises to broken bones or vetebral fractures leading to spinal instability.

Make sure to use an appropriate ladder or step ladder and that it is placed on a firm and sturdy surface.

Dropped items:

Be wary if you are helping someone bring down decorations as you could be at risk for items falling from an attic or off the top of a roof or ladder.

If you’re not careful dropped items that cause injury can lead to a chronic pain condition.

Raking leaves and shoveling snow:

Improper raking and shoveling techniques can harm both your knees, upper and lower back. Avoid injury by using proper shoveling technique.

For a video on shoveling techniques visit:

Snow Shoveling Techniques

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Cervical radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy

Pain is often misleading. It can radiate and travel throughout the body leaving a patient unsure of the actual source of pain or injury this is the case with cervical radiculopathy.

Symptoms

Impingement of a nerve in the cervical spine (neck) can often cause cervical radiculopathy or cervical radiculitis.

This type of pain is particularly deceiving as it may present as shooting pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness  and may be felt in the neck, upper back, shoulders, arms, hands and/or fingers.

Causes

Cervical radiculitis usually occurs as a result of some underlying condition affecting the cervical discs or vertebrae. Such conditions may be; herniated disc in the neck, spondylolisthesis, or a buldging disc for example. In some cases the cause of these conditions is due to an injury or trauma of some kind, however, very often cervical pain is due to degeneration in the spine. Age, poor body mechanics, smoking, and genetics are all factors that contribute to neck pain.

Treatment of cervical radiculopathy

Radiating pain can mask the underlying cause or source of pain which could lead to an  inaccurate diagnosis and mistreatment of the pain.

Therefore it is imperative that patients  seek the medical attention of a qualified pain specialist who can perform appropriate diagnostic tests and order MRIs or XRAYs to pinpoint the true source of their pain.

The conservative, non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments offered by interventional pain specialists often solve the pain associated with cervical radiculitis at the source of the problem.

Interventional pain management offers advanced injection based procedures that reduce the need for medications, provide longer term pain relief and reduce the likelihood of expensive surgeries with long recovery times.

Procedures designed specifically for the cervical spine include:

 



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Response to the Surgeon General’s Letter

Response to the Surgeon General’s Letter

The Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. recently sent out a letter to all American physicians urging us to do everything in our power to address the opioid epidemic.

The opioid epidemic is a very real and serious situation, so too is the need to treat pain responsibly.

Newbridge Spine & Pain Center is one of the Greater Washington area’s premier interventional pain management facilities dedicated to treating pain. Our physicians are Anesthesiologists with sub-specialty training in pain management.

There are many misconceptions about the ‘pain management’ specialty resulting from the mismanagement and over-prescribing of addictive painkillers. However, our specialization, interventional pain management, addresses both the rising opioid epidemic and the need to treat pain.

Treating pain in a conservative, responsible manner is our daily commitment.

We do this by:

  • Utilizing non-surgical, interventional pain procedures to quickly and effectively reduce pain levels.
  • In cases where medication management is unavoidable, we aim to reduce reliance on pharmacologic substances, opioids & narcotics by maintaining low doses and outlining treatment plans that take a multidisciplinary approach to include; weight-loss, physical therapy and/or counseling for example.

The Newbridge team spends a significant amount of energy encouraging our fellow healthcare providers to refer to interventional pain management before prescribing or laying out a treatment plan. This is because our therapeutic procedures work at the onset of pain as well as for chronic pain conditions.

Dr. Jay GonchigarWe firmly believe that the sooner a patient can be treated by a pain specialist using interventional methods the less likely that patient is to be prescribed a long-term medication schedule.

Most pain complaints relate to pain originating throughout the spine, however, an interventional pain doctor can treat acute and chronic pain all throughout the body to include the limbs and joints in the peripheral body.

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Treating Pain Responsibly

Treating Pain Responsibly

Statistics show that chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined (Source:http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts_on_pain.aspx).

These statistics indicate that treating pain responsibly is a major health concern and demonstrate the need for ethical, qualified and specialized practitioners in the field.

The term “pain management” is likely to conjure thoughts of dangerous medications and drug addiction. The mismanagement and over prescribing of addictive pain killers has certainly become a major problem in today’s society making it no longer appropriate or appealing for your family practitioner to treat pain.

A relatively misunderstood and underutilized specialty called interventional pain management has emerged from the well-publicized opioid epidemic and the genuine need to responsibly and effectively treat pain.

The role of a good interventional pain management physician is to provide improved quality of life and enable patients to participate in activities such as; pick up their child, walk the dog and participate in physical therapy sessions for example.

An interventional pain management specialist could be a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician or, as is the case at Newbridge Spine & Pain Center, a highly skilled, board certified anesthesiologist sub-specialized in pain management procedures and techniques.

There are many misconceptions about what an interventional pain management physician actually does and few people know the full scope of procedures available to responsibly and effectively treat pain.

interventional pain management, treating pain responsiblyFirstly, an interventional pain specialist does not just write prescriptions, in fact, this is at the bottom of their toolkit. The interventional pain doctor performs procedures either in an office or ambulatory surgical center (ASC) setting.

These procedures range from a simple trigger point injection, epidural steroid injection, or a nerve block to radiofrequency ablation or spinal cord stimulation for example. Many of these procedures can help patients avoid an opioid or narcotic medication schedule altogether.

Learn more about interventional pain management at newbridgespine.com

View Doctor bios at http://newbridgespine.com/our-providers

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Newbridge adds Nurse Practitioner to Southern Maryland

Newbridge adds Nurse Practitioner to Southern Maryland

Southern Maryland’s premier medical facility exclusively dedicated to pain management, has added a new Nurse Practitioner to their team, Ms. Felicia DePina.
Ms. DePina is a native of Chicago’s south side. She is a military vet who served her country in both peace time and war as a combat medic; achieving the prestigious Army Accommodation Medal for military service.

During her military tenure she saw first-hand the benefit of and need for responsible short and long-term pain treatment.

Following an honorable discharge from the US Army Ms. DePina attended the University of Alaska Anchorage where she received a baccalaureate of science in nursing.
Ms. DePina enjoyed a full and satisfying nursing career of more than 15 years, before deciding to take her nursing experience and education to the next level. She pursued an advanced master of science in nursing degree, ultimately becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Ms. DePina is board certified nationally as a Family Nurse Practitioner, through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in the state of Maryland, currently holding states licenses as a registered nurse in Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas.

As the newest member of the Newbridge Spine & Pain Center team in Southern Maryland she will see patients suffering from chronic pain primarily at the practice’s Waldorf location. There she will join a well-established team including; Physician Assistant, Singh Bhurji and CRNP, Celia Gramsky all assisting board-certified interventional pain management physicians, Dr. Madhavi Chada and Dr. Majid H. Ghauri.

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Leesburg Pain Physician receives thumbs up!

Leesburg Pain Physician receives thumbs up!

Chirag Sanghvi M.D. now seeing patients in Leesburg, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia – July 26, 2016 – Newbridge Spine & Pain Center, Loudoun County’s specialist pain management facility added physician Chirag Sanghvi, M.D. to head their Virginia team.

Dr. Chirag Sanghvi is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management and completed his fellowship in Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Sanghvi was the lead physician at the Prince Frederick, MD branch of Newbridge Spine & Pain for over 4 years until his recent move to Northern Virginia. After several months in Loudoun County patient feedback for this physician has been outstanding;

“[He is] very knowledgeable and professional. He listens and explains the causation and treatment plan for my condition thoroughly. I have the utmost trust in his decision making.” states current patient Kevin K.

The complexity of treating pain has never been more evident than it is today.

Due to this Dr. Chirag Sanghvi urges patients to come to pain management as early as possible, “to prevent pain from progressing into a debilitating hindrance it needs to be treated appropriately. Patients come to me after years of improperly dealing with pain and perhaps having seen many physicians. I cannot emphasize enough that the earlier I can treat a patient with interventional procedures the less likely they are to have long-term pain and the need for long-term treatment”

Pain is one of America’s largest health challenges and can have a devastating impact on a person’s ability to do every-day-things. As a firm believer in the multidisciplinary approach most of Dr. Sanghvi’s treatment plans incorporate other modalities such as physical therapy.

This fact makes Dr. Sanghvi’s goal all the more promising as he takes the Leesburg practice under his wing, “my goal is not only to help reduce pain but to optimize my patient’s ability to perform their daily tasks, pursue their hobbies and live a happy, active lifestyle.”

Newbridge Spine & Pain Center is open 5 days a week and is located at 161 Fort Evans Rd NE, Suite 340, Leesburg VA 20176. View Dr. Sanghvi’s bio at http://newbridgespine.com/doctor/sanghvi/

 

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Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are common and no doubt you’ve heard the saying in competitive sports, “no pain, no gain”.  As pain specialists, however, we wouldn’t recommend subscribing to this theory.

As with any pain there are acute and chronic injuries. According to the National Institute of Health [NIH.gov] signs of an acute injury may include:

  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Not being able to place weight on a leg, knee, ankle, or foot
  • An arm, elbow, wrist, hand, or finger that is very tender
  • Not being able to move a joint as normal
  • Extreme leg or arm weakness
  • A bone or joint that is visibly out of place.

Many acute injuries can easily be treated using home remedies beginning with the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). But, if pain symptoms get worse or do not improve you could be at risk of developing a chronic injury.

Chronic injuries will continue to cause pain after you’ve played a sport or participated in exercise for a long time. The signs of a chronic injury may include:

  • Pain when you play
  • Pain when you exercise
  • A dull ache when you rest
  • Swelling.

Interventional sports, injury, games, pain, exercise, injuriesprocedures are well suited to aide recovery from many chronic and acute sports injuries. Since they are outpatient procedures they require little recovery time and often result in immediate pain relief or at the least moderation of pain.

Procedures range to treat shoulder injuries, tennis elbow (bursitis), knee pain, back injuries and neck injuries. The best course of treatment for sports injuries is often a multi-disciplinary approach.

Interventional procedures coupled with rehabilitation exercises, such as physical therapy will help patients recover faster, regain range of motion and strength.

A few of the procedures commonly used to treat sport related injuries include:

  • Steroid injections help reduce inflammation,
  • Trigger point injections to relax especially tight muscles,
  • Epidural injections help back pain,
  • Nerve blocks help block pain originating at a nerve,
  • In cases where a spinal fracture has occurred and there is instability in the spine Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty are viable options.
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