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Holiday Hours

IPA Holiday Closures

Monday, December 23rd                    Christmas

Tuesday, December 24th                     Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th              Christmas

Tuesday, December 31st                     New Years Eve

(half day – 8am-12pm)

Wednesday, January 1st                     New Years Day

 

Extended Fridays

Due to the holiday closures, IPA will be offering extended Friday hours to ensure that we can accommodate all of our patients’ appointments.  Our extended Friday hours are:

Friday, December 6th                           8am-5pm

Friday, December 13th                        8am-2pm

Friday, December 27th                        8am-5pm

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DECEMBER 1-7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week

Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect you and those around you from getting sick. Clean hands reduce the spread of germs and other bacteria easily found in public spaces like classrooms and libraries. Did you know the CDC has guidelines for washing your hands during this cold & flu season?

When to wash your hands

The CDC recommends everyone wash their hands before engaging in the following activities:

· Before, during, and after preparing food

· Before eating food

· Before and after caring for someone who is sick

· Before and after treating a cut or wound

· After using the toilet

· After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

· After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

· After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

· After handling pet food or pet treats

· After touching garbage

How to wash your hands

Handwashing can be broken up into 5 easy steps:

· Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

· Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

· Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

· Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

· Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best method of eliminating germs, however these conditions aren’t always available. If you don’t have access to soap and water, try using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. While these sanitizers can quickly reduce the amount of germs on your hands, they do not remove all types of germs and might not remove harsh chemicals.

For more information on effective hand washing methods and benefits, visit cdc.gov/handwashing

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Lower Back and Leg Pain Resulting from Irritated or Injured SI Joints

One of the most common causes of low back and pelvic pain occurs with injuries to the sacroiliac (SI) joint and ligaments.

SI Joint Dysfunction Facts & Information

If you are experiencing the seemingly unbearable symptoms of SI joint dysfunction, it’s important to have an accurate diagnosis with thorough tests and evaluations. Often times, sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is difficult to diagnose because the pain patterns are frequently mistaken for nerve irritation in the lower back, muscles sprains, or hip bursitis.

How & Why Does SI Joint Dysfunction Develop?

First, it’s key to understand that the SI joint connects the pelvic bone (ileum) to the lowest part of the spine (sacrum). There are two SI joints. Each is located on either side of the sacrum. SI joints are small and very strong, providing structural support and stability. They function as shock absorbers for the pelvis and the low back, dispersing the forces of the upper body. Whenever an SI joint is irritated or injured, the resultant joint dysfunction may cause pain in the lower back and legs.

SI joints become painful because of alterations in the normal motion of the joints. Consider the following:

Two types of changes from normal motion can cause problems

Those changes are either too much movement (hyper-mobility) or too little movement (hypo-mobility)

Abnormal motion from work/sports can directly injure the joints via stretching/straining the primary SI ligaments

►   Any of these changes in joint mobility may lead to pain, as well as spasm in the supporting back and pelvic muscles

SI joint dysfunction may also result from direct trauma, such as injuries associated with a motor vehicle accident

► Or an injury from something as simple as a fall on the buttocks or a missed step when descending stairs

Symptoms:

► Pain in the lower back
►  Generally aggravated by sitting, standing, or bending at the waist
►  When severe, there will be pain in the hip, groin, and legs

Diagnosis:

Proper diagnosis starts with an experienced pain management doctor. The type of pain that you may have with SI joint dysfunction can be similar to the symptoms of several types of disorders. Accurately determining the correct source of your pain is critical to successful treatment.
► Begins with a thorough clinical evaluation
► Including a complete medical history, analysis of your symptoms, and physical examination
► Testing may include x-rays, MRI and/or CT scans, electro-diagnosis (EMG)
These advanced diagnostic techniques definitively pinpoint the source of pain

Possible Treatments:

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IPA Building New Ambulatory Surgery Center on Ridgemont Drive

A group of physicians specializing in pain management is renovating part of a building on Ridgemont Drive to open a 7,400-square-foot ambulatory surgery center.

Integrated Pain Associates’ outpatient facility at 4351 Ridgemont Drive will have 10 pre-op bays, three surgery rooms and 10 post-op bays. The facility previously was home to Dr. Dan Munton’s Texas Sport and Spine, which IPA bought effective July 1 after Dr. Munton retired.

The Forge Training Facility continues to operate at the north side of the building that originally was home to Circuit City. D1 Sports previously was located in the building.

The surgery center cost is $3 million and is expected to open in July, IPA marketing representative Lydia Bailey said.

Central Texas roots

Dr. Scott Irvine started IPA in Killeen in 2007 with his wife. Since then, the group has grown to nine board-certified pain anesthesiologists serving more than 38,000 patients with practices also in Temple and Waco.

“We do all the most contemporary procedures,” Irvine said. “So, when they come, it’s not just one thing, or one dimensional. It’s multiple dimensions, and I think that is what’s been most exciting for these folks.”

IPA expanded into Abilene in September 2018 with the acquisition of Abilene Spine and Joint operated by Drs. Edward Brandecker and Roberta Kalafut at 1888 Antilley Road.

IPA is moving the Antilley Road surgery center to the new center on Ridgemont Drive, Irvine said.

“In the context of contemporary medicine and meeting all the new criteria associated with surgery centers, it does not pass. It passes now, because it’s grandfathered it, just like so many older things are, but that’s why we’re moving it,” Irvine said.

The new surgery center will be brighter, roomier and more streamlined for the benefit of patients and staff, he said.

Welcomed move

The expansion into Abilene has been positive, Irvine said.

“What we’ve found is the people are just spectacular. The people are just wonderful,” Irvine said about the doctors’ expansion into Abilene.

Two IPA physicians are based in Abilene: Dr. Scott Campbell and Dr. Jerry Tarver.

“One of our requirements on these sorts of things is we don’t want to be viewed as sort of sharks coming to town,” Irvine said. “We hire people and put them in your town. They live there. We have two physicians who actually live and go to church in town. They’re part of the city.”

Irvine and other IPA physicians at Central Texas locations rotate through the practice to assist, Irvine said.

“You have to kind of think about it in terms of you would sort of think about a franchise,” Irvine said. “We’re taking a successful patient management model, we keep everybody educated and contemporary and then we say, ‘OK, let’s open this up and you guys can run this as your place.’ And, that’s what’s happening,” Irvine said.

Interventional procedures are used to address pain at the nerves instead of solely using narcotics, including opioid medications. Such minimally invasive procedures as a dorsal collar stimulator or implanted decompression spinal devices can reduce pain by 50 to 70 percent, Irvine said.

“We can then reduce your narcotic dosing by that amount and then reduce the exposure to the risks associated with opioids,” he said.

What else is in the works (or not yet) for Abilene

Following are updates on other commercial projects in the city, based on city permitting information:

► 3550-3558 S. Clack St. – A site plan for a new retail shell for multiple tenants has been submitted to the city for review, said Tim Littlejohn, building official with the city of Abilene. The lot is just north of Cheddar’s.

► 3650 S. Clack St. – The lot where a Burger King recently was razed after sustaining major storm damage has been cleared. Plans have been filed for a new Burger King building.

► Inca Trio Fire Services  – A new company building is being built at 1009 Martin St.

► ALDI’s – No word from the company on a timeline for plans announced late last year to locate a store next to Kohl’s. The city also does not have permitting applications on file for the company, Littlejohn said.

► Torchy’s Tacos – The Austin-based regional restaurant and bar has listed on its website three job postings for an Abilene location: assistant manager, kitchen manager and managing partner. The company has not submitted permitting requests with the city, Littlejohn said.

► Panera Bread – Although long-rumored that the restaurant is coming to Abilene, no plans are on file with the city for the business, Littlejohn said.

► Tea2Go is opening a second location at 1152 E.N. 10th St. on Oct. 5. 

By , Abilene Reporter-News

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Texas Sport & Spine Acquired by Integrated Pain Associates

Abilene, Texas – Texas Sport & Spine has been acquired by Integrated Pain Associates, a Central Texas based Interventional Pain Management practice that originally opened in Abilene in September 2018.

Dr. Dan Munton, owner of Texas Sport & Spine, announced on Tuesday, June 4th his desire to shift the focus of his practice and has trusted Integrated Pain Associates to assume care for his patients at Texas Sport & Spine starting July 8, 2019. IPA will continue to provide the exceptional pain care that patients have come to expect and will offer a broad range of treatment options, injections and interventional procedures.

Integrated Pain Associates is dedicated to improving its patient’s quality of life by treating the root cause of chronic pain and reestablishing function. IPA has clinics in Killeen, Waco, Temple and Abilene and has cared for Central Texas for over a decade. Since opening in Abilene they have treated nearly 2500 patients and are honored to be serving the Abilene community.

Integrated Pain Associates will be relocating their clinic to the current Texas Sport & Spine location in early July. The new address will be:

Integrated Pain Associates
4351 Ridgemont Dr.
Abilene, TX 79606

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IPA Imaging Earns ACR Accreditation

Killeen, Texas — IPA Imaging has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

About IPA Imaging

Integrated Pain Associates is wholly committed to delivering care to our community and has been delivering innovative pain management solutions for over a decade. We have taken great measures in order to open up alternative avenues to you as your partner in healthcare. At IPA Imaging we believe that finances should never be a barrier to receiving healthcare and we are committed to providing access to the best quality and affordable diagnostic imaging services for our community.

IPA Imaging offers high quality, on site MRI at a lower, more affordable cost to patients. With high quality images read by the area’s top radiologist(s) and a highly trained staff we honor our commitment to clinical excellence and quality.  We are conveniently located in Killeen and offer same day appointments.

For those with high deductibles or no insurance, we are confident you will find that IPA Imaging is significantly more affordable. Our time-of-service cash pay saves you up to 50% or higher savings compared to other imaging providers.

By using our self-pay option, you get affordable, high-quality imaging services, avoiding the hassle of merely paying down your deductible while paying more out of your pocket.

Save those deductible payments for really big issues, and pay less up front with cash pay. Take advantage of our affordable pricing options. 

Remember, you have a choice of where you go for imaging services.

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