By Alexis Collins
Pain can be both a literal and metaphorical pain for those who suffer from it — and no one knows better than the pain management physicians at Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine (HROSM).
HROSM has been the leading provider of orthopaedic care in the Hampton Roads area for more than 60 years. The practice was founded by Dr. Wieman Kretz, who was the first orthopaedic surgeon in the area. Since its founding, HROSM has been committed to keeping bodies in motion through spine care, sports medicine, podiatry, pain management and more.
The practice has convenient locations in Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk and Yorktown, with its pain management center located in Newport News. The Newport News Pain Management Center aims to help patients manage their pain so that they can comfortably return to their day-to-day lives.
The team at the Pain Management Center includes Reginald Kapteyn, DO,
and Tiffany Hooks, DNP, FNP-C, RNC-OB. They are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic issues affecting the spine, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves, muscles and bones. Through a medical subspecialty called interventional pain medicine, the team uses injections and minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat painful conditions. With interventional pain medicine, the goal is to limit medications as much as possible and to focus instead on exercise and physical therapy to get patients back on their feet.
Many Americans are familiar with pain. In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 20.9 percent of adults in the United States live with some type of chronic pain. Pain, whether acute (sudden pain) or chronic (long-lasting pain), impacts someone’s ability to work, go about daily chores or even just enjoy hobbies. Living with debilitating pain has negative consequences for the whole body, including disruptive sleep, negatively impacting mobility, causing memory problems and even mental illnesses.
This is why pain management is important. Pain is a stressor on the body and mind, but when pain is managed, a person can find some level of relief. Not only does pain management help improve a person’s mental health and mood, but it also helps them return to the day-to-day activities and hobbies they love. It helps lower blood pressure, stress and heart rate, leading to better overall wellness and a better quality of life.
HROSM’s pain management team offers non-invasive, minimally invasive and surgical treatment options, depending on the extent of the pain and the patient’s unique condition. If a surgical procedure is required, it can be performed with smaller incisions, less trauma and faster recovery than ever before, thanks to new technologies and advanced treatment techniques. No matter the diagnosis, the pain management team focuses on each patient’s case to provide the best treatment possible, tailored to his or her unique needs.
Kapteyn, a dual board certified physician and one of the newest physicians to join the team, believes pain management is a way to give patients their lives back. “Seeing a patient improve is the reason I do what I do,” he says. “I feel passionate about helping restore my patients’ function and lowering their level of pain in a compassionate environment. It’s rewarding to see them get their lives and relationships back.”
Hooks also recently joined the HROSM team. Since she enjoys an active lifestyle, her mission is to become acquainted with her patients and to see them return to the activities they enjoy. “I know the importance of small milestones — they can easily turn into key memories. Seeing my patients be able to walk their dogs and play with their kids without being in pain is so special. One of my main goals as a provider is to improve my patient’s quality of life!”
At Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine, the pain management team knows that each patient is unique. Every patient is going to have a different type of pain or need to be treated with different techniques. The team knows what really matters is alleviating patients’ pain so they can live their best lives.
TO THE POINT:
Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine
Address: 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 757- 873-1554
Contacts: Reginald Kapteyn, DO, and Tiffany Hooks, DNP, FNP-C, RNC-OB