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Pain Management Awareness Week: September 3 - 7

Mr. Anthony B. is a 64-year-old gentleman who retired from Shell Oil 12 years ago as a Safety Manager. He has had issues with neck pain since his high school days playing football. Seven years ago, he had three fusions performed on his neck with not much success. Two years later, Mr. Anthony had to have the surgery repeated with an additional two more levels to be fused. Unfortunately, five years ago, Mr. Anthony re-injured his neck in a car accident. His surgeon advised against surgery because it could possibly leave him paralyzed. He was referred to a pain management physician.

When it was time for Mr. Anthony to have a pain management procedure, his physician chose Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital. Mr. Anthony stated "When I walked in the door, I knew I was at the right place. I was greeted by friendly staff who made me feel like a family member. They didn't treat me like just another patient, I felt like I was one of their own. They were concerned with how I was doing that day, and how to make me comfortable and address my pain levels until the procedure with the physician. They helped me during the whole process from preop to postop. Their communication skills with me and my family was like second to none!"

"Baton Rouge Rehab is a wonderful facility. If you ask me who my favorite is out of the staff, I say all of them. I think of the staff as my family."

Mr. Anthony is now able to return to his volunteer work in the community as a Baptist preacher. He leads Bible study at a men's prison in Plaquemine and a nursing home in Gonzales. "God has blessed me so I want to give back to Him."

Mr. Anthony's mother-in-law was having pain issues and has also had a pain procedure at Baton Rouge Rehab. He said she had to admit that he was right... wonderful people to help you manage your pain.

For more information on our Interventional Pain Management services, please contact Trina Landry at 225-231-3122 or email Trina.Landry @BRRehab.com.

Spinal Cord Injury Survivor Shares Motivational Story at Free Lunch & Learn

BATON ROUGE, La. – As part of National Rehabilitation Awareness week, Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital (BRRH) will host a September 17 Lunch and Learn event featuring Paul Erway, spinal cord injury survivor and motivational speaker.

Erway had his first life-changing accident in 1980, with a second major accident in 2006. His story is unique, but his insights are relevant to anyone, regardless of abilities or disabilities.

He is the author of “50 Abilities, Unlimited Possibilities: Wheeling through the 50 States, from Jackson to the Boston Marathon Bombing.” In the book, Erway chronicles his team on their goal to complete 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks through the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation.

The noon event will be held at BRRH, in the 2nd floor dining room. Seating is limited, so to RSVP please call (225) 231-3123 or email Roxane.Bingham@BRRehab.com.

BRRH will host multiple events as part of National Rehab Week, including the Roll On! Bowl On! Bowling Tournament on Sept. 17 to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries and an Amputee Support Group meeting on Sept. 20. Find more details here.

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