United Pain Urgent Care is located at 6522 S. McCarran Blvd., Ste. A, in Reno.
In what’s described as “the first and only urgent care dedicated to pain and injuries,” United Pain Urgent Care (UPUC) opened in Reno on Feb. 15.
According to a Feb. 17 press release, the urgent care at 6522 S. McCarran Blvd., Ste. A, is the vision of Dr. Ali Nairizi, a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist, and is “the first locally-owned and operated urgent care specializing in alternative pain treatments.”
“The genesis behind United Pain Urgent Care developed when I realized that many patients who suffer from chronic or acute pain don’t have an ideal treatment option after a fall or after hours,” Nairizi said in a statement. “United Pain Urgent Care offers patients the opportunity to stabilize their pain using intervention procedures and alternative therapies without the use of opioid drugs that may not be ideal for all patients.”
According to the release, UPUC’s goal is to introduce a new model in the healthcare system by providing treatment solely for chronic and acute conditions, which would theoretically ease burdens and area emergency rooms to treat more pressing medical issues.
“When a patient arrives, our staff will assess the pain level and provide a treatment plan to stop the pain while simultaneously taking care of the injury, if one is present,” Nairizi stated. “We will treat pain such as back spasms and migraines or an ankle twist while a patient awaits a regularly scheduled appointment with his or her physician.”
According to the release, “as a pioneering pain specialist, Nairizi’s expertise in non-opiate pain management is unequaled.”
According to a 2018 report by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the prescribing rate of opioids to treat pain in Washoe County was 87.4 per 100 residents, significantly higher than the national average of 66.5 per 100.
“The opioid epidemic in our community has been of great concern to me for many years, this will offer a new innovative way to address the crisis without sacrificing the community’s access to healthcare” Bob Lucey, Washoe County Commission chair, said in the press release. “With United Pain Urgent Care, Dr. Nairizi is bringing forth a unique and advanced way to address the issue with quick care response for patients to obtain alternative treatment all while providing relief to our over-burdened emergency rooms and a reliance on opioids.”
UPUC is open to patients Monday through Sunday from 8 am to 7 pm and will employ approximately 10 healthcare providers. Go to unitedpainurgentcare.com to learn more.