Welcome Allison Thomas, NP

Allison Thomas is a native of Goldsboro, NC. She graduated from Eastern Wayne High School in 2000 and then attended UNC Chapel Hill. She is a true “Tar Heel” born and bred as she graduated in 2004 with her Bachelor’s in Nursing and then went on to obtain her Master’s degree as an Adult Nurse […]

Delectable Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie

It’s squash season! Why not skip pizza delivery night and cook this delicious spaghetti squash pizza casserole dish?! It’s easy to whip up and a crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s filling and makes for excellent left-overs. 1 pound ground sausage (mild) 1 large spaghetti squash 1/2 diced onion 1 tbsp of minced garlic 1 cup of chopped […]

Watermelon and Strawberry Caprese Salad

Try this delectable summer salad that is the perfect refreshing appetizer or side-dish! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty. 1 cup of fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon 2 cups of sliced strawberries 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil 1 tablespoon […]

Inflammation Fighting Food

Studies have shown that certain foods can help with bodily inflammation and pain reduction. By following some simple dietary guidelines, you can help minimize your body’s inflammatory response. Foods that CAUSE inflammation: Refined and Processed Foods such as chips, pastries, etc. Sugary Beverages and Soda Fried Foods Margarine Artificial Sweeteners An overabundance of red meat […]

ERPS is pleased to welcome Michelle Fleck, FNP

Eastern Regional Pain Specialist is pleased to welcome Michelle Fleck, FNP to our practice.  Michelle was born and raised in Wilson County.  She has proudly served our country in the military and was stationed at SJAFB.  Michelle and her husband moved to Wayne County in 2003 and have two children.

Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)

Interlaminar ESI. This method accesses the epidural space from the middle of the back under X-Ray guidance. After numbing medicine is applied, a small needle is inserted under the skin towards the space between two vertebrae. When the needle tip is in the correct place, we inject contrast dye to confirm a good spread of […]

Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure used to provide long-lasting pain relief from joint arthritis. Multiple joints can be treated with radiofrequency ablation, including: Lower back (facet joints) Neck (facet joints) Sacroiliac joint Knee joints First, your doctor will first listen to your story about your pain, and then they will examine you to determine […]

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is among one of the most common reasons for a person to see a doctor in the United States, and almost two-thirds of people will experience an episode of lower back pain during their lifetime. Certain activities may put you at risk for lower back pain, such as heavy lifting and twisting. […]

Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Injections

Sacroiliac joint injections can be both diagnostic (telling us where the pain is coming from) and therapeutic (helping to treat the pain and allowing the patient to return to activities, such as physical therapy or exercise). Injections are best performed under x-ray or ultrasound guidance, depending upon which part of the joint is being targeted. […]

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

INGREDIENTS 1 cup spinach 1/2 small beet (peeled and chopped) 1/2 cup water or coconut water 1/2 orange (peeled) 1 cup blueberries (frozen) 1/2 cup pineapple (frozen) 1 tsp turmeric Blend together in a blender adding more liquid as needed to achieve the desired consistency!

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