As an emergency department nurse for 17 years, Natasha R. Dalton NP encountered numerous patients in both acute and chronic pain.
“I have personally seen the effects that chronic pain has on patients,” she said. “Chronic pain affects not just mobility and physical health but mental health as well. Pain can cause patients to withdrawal from the life they once lived and make them feel limited or confined.”
She became interested in interventional pain management because of the potential benefits the practice holds for chronic pain treatment. “There are more treatment options available now than ever,” she said. “I want to get patients feeling better and back out into the world living their best life.”
Natasha joined the National Spine and Pain Centers Roanoke, Va. office in late February 2019 after previously working in emergency departments at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, Carilion New River Valley Medical Center and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She holds a master’s degree in nursing – family nurse practitioner and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from South University in Savannah, GA. She also has an associate’s degree in nursing from Wytheville Community College in Virginia.
Medication is sometimes necessary as part of developing a treatment plan so Natasha relies in the ‘start low and go slow’ approach as not everyone responds equally and predictably to different medication. “I also believe that medication combined with other modalities such as interventional treatments and/or physical therapy can provide more relief than medication alone,” she said.
Natasha notes that patients need to understand their conditions and participate in developing their plan of care with clear expectations and goals. “I want patients to become involved in taking control of their health; to rebuild the confidence needed to take on the day that is often lost when dealing with chronic conditions,” she said.
The daily pain associated with illness and injury can wear a person down in all aspects of life so Natasha enjoys helping others to feel better about their overall health. “Getting patients to the best options that will get them back on track and moving well is what drives me to do this job,” she said.
When Natasha isn’t at work, she most likely is at a ball field with one of her children. She likes to cook, spend time with her family, garden and read.
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