BRISTOL – Pain is a natural byproduct of many injuries, diseases and conditions, but it is treatable and manageable with a physician’s guidance when the discomfort is acute or chronic.
Dr. Lesco Rogers, who recently joined Wellmont Medical Associates Pain Management, provides high-quality care to patients who need assistance. A physician for 22 years, Dr. Rogers was inspired by a mentor in medical school in Dartmouth College that led to a career of treating people with pain.
“What excites me about pain management is it encompasses multiple medical fields,” Dr. Rogers said. “There is a little bit of psychiatry, some internal medicine and an element of surgery in my practice. You need to know a lot of things about how the whole body works in order to treat a broad spectrum of pain.
“A pain management physician can provide care that can bring dramatic improvement to a patient’s life, and that is pretty rewarding.”
He uses a variety of treatment regimens to help a patient’s pain, including nerve blocks, medication and physical and psychological therapies. Dr. Rogers said there is no cookie-cutter approach to delivering medical care in his profession. He said some patients might not feel comfortable with one potential treatment method, so he looks for other approaches that will still provide them with the care they need.
Dr. Rogers has a passion for treating people with headaches that have not responded well to medical management. He developed his expertise in part while working for five years at the Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute, an internationally renowned headache center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wellmont Medical Associates Pain Management addresses other issues as well, including pain in the leg, back and neck. Some patients come to the practice after they have been diagnosed with cancer or fibromyalgia.
Like many physicians, Dr. Rogers said one of the keys to improving a patient’s quality of life comes from simply listening to a patient.
“Some patients arrive and have had every drug or intervention that might be appropriate,” he said. “It’s not always about offering something medically to address their pain but being sensitive to what they have experienced. For many patients, that’s just as good of an intervention as providing them with medication, for example.”
Dr. Rogers was born in London. He comes to Wellmont Medical Associates from Duke University, where he provided general interventional pain management with a focus on headache patients for seven years. While he enjoyed his experience at Duke, Dr. Rogers welcomed the opportunity to change direction and address community-based health concerns.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Rogers worked as medical director of Western Carolina Pain Consultants in Asheville, N.C., and Green Mountain Pain and Palliative Care in Hendersonville, N.C. He has conducted extensive research and been published multiple times in professional journals.
After graduating from Dartmouth, Dr. Rogers completed an anesthesiology residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. and then completed a pain management fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.
Dr. Stephen Combs, chief medical executive officer of Wellmont Medical Associates, said Dr. Rogers is an excellent addition to his practice.
“Dr. Rogers’ experience in the patient room and in academic and institute settings gives him a broad range of experience from which he can draw to deliver care,” Dr. Combs said. “We’re fortunate to attract someone with this level of talent and that many years of experience to Wellmont Medical Associates. Our patients will receive compassionate care from him, but he will benefit from sharing best practices with the many excellent physicians in our organization.”
Wellmont Medical Associates Pain Management was formerly known as Southeastern Pain Management Center but was renamed to reflect a growing partnership between Wellmont Health System and its integrated physicians. Wellmont Medical Associates is a physician-led, professionally managed organization that better enables physicians to set the direction for patient care.
In addition to Dr. Rogers, caregivers at Wellmont Medical Associates Pain Management are Dr. Dennis Aguirre and nurse practitioners Brenda Friend and Michelle Painter. The practice has been located at 3183 W. State St., Suite 1101, but as of Nov. 12, it will be housed at 350 Blountville Highway, Suite 201.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rogers, please call 423-968-2772. Patients can make appointments themselves or be referred by another physician, but the practice requires at least three months of medical records in order to determine whether one of its physicians would be an appropriate caregiver for them.
For more information, please visit www.wellmontphysicians.org.