Meet Shana Pazdernik-Hensch, PA-C

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Meet Shana Pazdernik-Hensch, PA-C! Shana will see patients in ReadyCare at Tri-County Health Care starting in September.

Shana completed her undergraduate studies at Bemidji State University and the University of South Dakota. She then went on to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shana recently graduated, and this will be her first position as a physician’s assistant.

Lifelong learning

Shana brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the clinic. She has been an emergency medical technician for 23 years. Before accepting her new role, she was working as a high school science teacher. Her love for the ever-changing medical field has drawn her to a new chapter in her life at Tri-County Health Care.

“I decided to take the leap to PA school, which I dreamed about doing for many years.” – Shana Pazdernik, PA-C

Life outside of work

Tri-County Health Care isn’t exactly new to Shana. She used to be an emergency room technician and orthopedic scribe at Tri-County. Additionally, she completed several rotations at Tri-County as a student.

Shana

Shana Pazdernik-Hensch

Shana loves the outdoors! When she isn’t caring for others, she is taking on everything Minnesota has to offer. Running, biking, swimming, and kayaking are just some of the activities she fills her time with. Shana is married and has three kids.

Join the team and grow with us!

Thanks for taking the time to meet Shana! Tri-County Health Care is always looking for new and innovative professionals to join the team. Please check out the careers page for a list of new openings. Tri-County Health Care is one of the top employers in the region and offers an excellent compensation package in addition to providing a workplace that always puts people first.

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When is the pain too much?

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Lorinda wants to help you with pain management.

Pain is a part of life. No one should suffer in silence and solitude. Getting help is the first step toward a life with less pain. Recently, I sat down and thought about my personal and professional feeling on the topic of pain regarding orthopedic health. After some deliberation, I put my thoughts down on paper.

  1. Chronic pain

Ongoing pain can be stifling. If you find yourself suffering from the same old pain every single day, it might be time to make the call. Check-in with yourself. Is your knee pulsing? Do you find it hard to move in certain ways? Don’t suffer in silence. Meet with a professional and figure out what’s going on.

  1. Activity loss

As we get older, we often experience a loss in mobility, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re experiencing trouble gardening or keeping up with the grandkids like you once did, consider seeking orthopedic consultation.

  1. Limited range of motion

Our joints take a lot of abuse. It’s important to keep an eye on our joints as they move. If things don’t feel the same, it’s probably a red flag. This change may be slow and gradual. Aches, pains, and problems doing household chores could be an indicator of joint issues.

  1. Difficulty standing and walking

We definitely take some movements for granted. Every day, most of us get out of bed knowing we will be unhindered. Unfortunately, for some, the simple act of standing can be painful. Struggles with standing and walking shouldn’t be taken lightly. This struggle could be an indicator of more problems to come and should be immediately addressed.

  1. Sprains and soft tissue injuries

Working hard and playing hard sometimes comes with consequences. Sprains are a problem, but in many cases, they don’t require immediate orthopedic intervention. However, if you experience a sprain that doesn’t improve in 48 hours and you’ve tried applying ice and elevation, please schedule an appointment. This kind of pain should be addressed by a professional.

Pain can sometimes be alleviated with simple stretching.

My injuries

I’ve had orthopedic injuries just like anyone else. I ran track in high school and strained my hamstring tendon. My parents got me into physical therapy right away to work on stretching my hamstrings which prevented further injury. I’ve also recovered from other injuries affecting my back. For me, consultation, stretching, yoga, and strength training put me on the road to recovery. During an initial appointment with me, we will work together to find what works best for you.

What to expect during your first visit

A first appointment can be anxiety-inducing, but it doesn’t have to be. In many ways, meeting with Ben Robertson, M.D., or myself isn’t all that different from a regular check-up. During a visit with Dr. Robertson or myself, you should expect us to listen to your story. Getting your perspective on what brought you to us is of great importance. Additionally, we need to know what treatments you have received. We will perform an exam and show you related radiologic images. We will discuss treatment options and outcomes so you can make an informed decision about your care.

About the guest author: Lorinda Zigan, PA-CLorinda Zigan, PA-C, is an expert in pain management and helping people live fuller lives.

Lorinda is passionate about pain management and orthopedic care. Throughout her career, she has helped many people live fuller lives with less pain. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family. She also enjoys tending to her garden and horses.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain, please consider scheduling an appointment with the Orthopedics team at Tri-County Health Care. Call 218-631-3510 to schedule today!