CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Summit Pain Medicine, an affiliate of Summit Health, welcomes Rachel Hikes, a physician assistant, to their practice.
Hikes joins the practice after graduating as a physician assistant from Lock Haven University this past year. She previously received a Master's degree from East Stroudsburg University in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor's degree from Lock Haven.
She became interested in pain management – still considered a growing specialty – while in PA school.
"I did a two-month rotation with a pain management group that really sparked my interest on the variety involving pain management," she said. "Every day is different and every patient is different."
While some may think pain management is all about prescribing opioids, Hikes assures patients it's so much more than that.
"There are some situations and disease states that medications help, but we also have more than opioid analgesics – anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, nerve pain medications, etc.," she said.
"We also have a variety of other options as well, such as injections and nerve blocks, physical and TENS unit therapy, aqua therapy, healthy sleep hygiene, muscle relaxation, compound creams, surgical referrals and more."
Outside of work, Hikes enjoys hunting, fishing, attending fairs and tractor pulls, as well as outdoor activities and exercise.
Summit Pain Medicine provides personalized treatment options to help manage and alleviate both severe and chronic pain.
The practice is located at the Summit Health Center – Building 1, 12 St. Paul Dr., Suite 207, Chambersburg.
For more information, visit www.SummitHealth.org/Pain or call (717) 217-6072.
Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.
As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.