"I hate to see my wife and buddies on the golf
course without me,” says a jovial Bill Burke of
Wagram. “So I do what I have to do to get out
Until recently, doing what he had to do to get on
the golf course included traveling to Fayetteville
to get treatment for his debilitating back pain.
The 70-year-old Burke has since discovered the
FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain Center at Moore
“It’s been an amazing success story for me, and it’s
only 20 minutes from home,” Burke says.
Nationwide, the treatment of pain has evolved
into its own sub-specialty, called pain management.
Over the past year, Moore Regional’s pain clinic has
undergone its own evolution.
Last year, the center moved to newly renovated
space in the Specialty Centers Building at Memorial
Drive and Page Road in Pinehurst. Earlier this year, it
adopted the name the FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain
“This reflects our focus on the most common
areas for pain, though we still treat a wide variety,”
says Tracy W. Overton, R.N., Specialty Centers
In another change, patients can now refer
themselves for treatment.
“There are so many causes of pain and so many
ways to treat it that patients often simply don’t know
where to go,” says Paul J. Kuzma, M.D., the center’s
co-medical director. “We become the patients’ entry
point for care, helping them understand how and
where to get relief.”
The eight board certified physicians of Pinehurst
Anesthesia Associates and the center’s nursing staff all
have specific training in pain management techniques.
“We start with the least invasive therapies, such as
simple exercises and stretches,” says Dr. Kuzma. “As
necessary, we graduate to more aggressive approaches,
including medications and even surgery.”
Sometimes the staff’s focus extends beyond pain
management. “After my accident, I had trouble
finding any doctor who would treat me and some
told me I should expect to live with the pain,” says
Williams Cummins, 38, of Laurel Hill. “The pain
center’s staff not only treated me for pain, but helped
me find a general practitioner and someone to treat
my kidney stones.”
Cummins has used a wheelchair since a car accident
caused major spinal cord injuries more than 10 years
ago. “With the pain center staff, it’s not just about the
pain at hand, but the whole person,” he says.”
For more information on the FirstHealth Back & Neck
Pain Center, call (800) 213-3284.