Utilization of Corticosteroid Injections in a Student-Run Free Clinic Setting
Uninsured patients face obstacles when attempting to treat orthopedic chronic pain conditions. The implementation of a corticosteroid injection program offers pain relief to the uninsured patients seen at the Orthopedics Clinic of Eastern Virginia Medical School’s H.O.P.E.S. (Health Outreach Partnership of EVMS Students) Clinic. Though surgery is often necessary to cure these patients’ pain, the injections help improve the patients’ quality of life. Additionally, this program provides students a unique learning opportunity to thoroughly evaluate these patients and to better their clinical skills. The implementation of this program demonstrates the role that student-run free clinics can play in helping manage chronic pain and can serve as a model for other clinics.
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