Starting in April, Ruby Valley residents will no longer need to travel far from home to receive non-surgical pain management treatments! The Ruby Valley Medical Center welcomes Scott Rigdon, CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) to its staff of healthcare providers. Scott will be performing a variety of pain management treatments at the Medical Center twice a month starting April 3rd.
The treatments Scott will provide for pain management include epidural corticosteroid injections, radio frequency ablation and nerve testing. Epidural corticosteroid injections deliver pain medication to the epidural areas of the spine which reduces inflammation and expands nerve passages to diminish difficult-to-treat arm or leg pain. Radio frequency ablation involves heating a pain producing nerve which reduces the pain signals. The procedure is used for chronic low-back and neck pain and pain related to the degeneration of joints from arthritis. The procedure is repeatable and pain relief usually lasts about a year. Nerve testing is done to determine which nerve is causing pain. Once the nerve is identified, the primary healthcare provider will work with Scott and other healthcare professionals, such as a chiropractor, physical, occupational or massage therapist, to develop a plan to reduce pain. “Pain is often related to a combination of issues and a coordinated effort is necessary,” said Scott.
Scott works with many of the surgeons in Southwest Montana and is also affiliated with Deer Lodge Medical Center, Community Hospital of Anaconda and St. James Healthcare. Often, Scott’s patients are on