Kiwanis hears from pain specialist

May 6, 2014

By Nathan Crock

On April 29 Kiwanis of Galion held their final meeting of the month. Talk started off with current business. The current project that Kiwanis is taking on is the annual rose sale. This week it was reported that the club has sold 224 dozen of its 250 dozen goal. The group is expected to reach their goal within the next two weeks. They will begin distributing the roses to the buyers on Wednesday May 7 through Mother’s day on Sunday May 11. Sign up for the distribution day for the club has begun. The other project briefly discussed was the upcoming circus day preparation. The circus will be coming to town on May 20 and Kiwanis is in the process of selling presale tickets for $10 for adults and $6 for children’s tickets. More tickets were passed out to members during the meeting.

The speaker for the meeting was Dr. Ripal Parikh from the Avita Pain Management Clinic. There are three clinics which include one in Galion, one in Bucyrus, and one in Ontario. Parikh has been with the Galion for four years now. He went to medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and did his residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He did his fellowship of pain management through Virginia Commonwealth University. He was there to speak about pain management and the work that he does with it. Parikh said that he deals with patients that have many different kinds of pain which include neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, pinched nerves, back pain, sciatica, headaches, persistent pain after back or neck surgery, arthritis pain in the neck or lower back, nerve damage or muscle spasm pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, chronic pelvic pain, including interstitial cystitis, and shingles pain among other things.

Most of his patients are referred to him by primary doctors but individuals may be eligible to make appointments as self referrals. Parikh said that he sees a lot of patients with back pain who have had that pain for many years and don’t know where else to go. He said that a lot of the time these patients don’t require surgery. Parikh does a physical examinations first whereas a lot of doctors start with an MRI. In these physical examinations simple solutions may be found, where as he has had cases were one leg was a bit shorter than the other and was causing the back pain. In these cases an elevated insole in the shoe was required. Parikh said that sometimes a patient will have a pinched nerve. In this case he does direct epidural injections with x-ray guidance. These targeted injections of medicine go directly into the joints or nerves that are causing the problem.

There are other cases Parikh said that are much worse and in these cases medication or physical therapy may be prescribed. Parikh said that one advantage to his pain numbing shots is the minimal use of cortisone as he believes that cortisone is not always needed. In some cases he uses a numbing medication that doesn’t have all the side effects of cortisone. He uses nerve blocks for different kinds of pain. For more information on the pain clinic one can go to or call Avita’s pain management at (419) 462-4547.

Cutline- Dr. Ripal Parikh from the Avita Pain Management Clinic spoke to Kiwanis about the various treatments he provides for pain. (Inquirer Correspondent/Nathan Crock)