Pain Medicine of Evangelical Opens at the West Branch Medical Center

LEWISBURG — Pain Medicine of Evangelical is open officially and accepting patients at its new location inside of the Evangelical Community Hospital’s West Branch Medical Center in Lewisburg, according to a news release from the hospital.

The center, which opened in November 2016, houses Evangelical’s Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine, Diabetes Center and Bariatric Center, as well as a family medicine practice and Urgent Care of Evangelical.

The release noted that roughly 100 million Americans live with chronic pain and the experts at Pain Medicine of Evangelical help patients find relief through an integrated approach.

Under the direction of Dr. Shiyi Abla-Yao, a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist, patients can expect treatment plans with prescription alternatives to narcotics and opiates and adequate-strength, over-the-counter options, according to the release. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, corticosteroids and antidepressants. They may be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as steroid injections, which are especially helpful for neck or back pain; trigger-point injections, for nerve-related muscle pain; or acupuncture, the release stated.

In addition to the opening of Pain Medicine of Evangelical at West Branch Medical Center, where procedures will be performed, beginning in late April, Yao and staff are expecting to schedule routine patient visits at her former practice in Williamsport, which was recently acquired by Evangelical, according to the news release.