Dr. Christine Anderson
[For more information] To schedule a new patient appointment, you can reach APA at 512.416.7246, or schedule an appointment online via our patient portal at www.austinpainassociates.com.By Jon Black
“Austin Pain Associates is different from other pain practices in that we focus on treating chronic pain from a multidisciplinary approach,” explains Dr. Christine Anderson, a physician with APA.
The practice’s multidisciplinary approach is rooted in an understanding that the impact of chronic pain goes beyond physical symptoms and can negatively impact many aspects of a patient’s life, including their interaction with family and friends as well as the ability to work or even perform routine tasks.
As Dr. Anderson explains, APA’s approach is solidly endorsed by the latest data. “Recent neurobiological research shows the importance of addressing the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and emphasizing how emotion, anxiety and stress can further sensitize a patient to pain.”
With that in mind, in addition to targeting the source of pain through injection-based therapy, medication management and infusion therapy, APA offers patients a variety of other therapies and services. These include physical therapy to rehabilitate the body, behavioral health services such as meditative techniques and yoga to address chronic pain, as well as cognitive behavior therapy and tools to improve coping mechanisms.
APA’s office setting is designed to provide each client with an inviting and comfortable environment. “We recognize the patients coming to see us are in pain, and we do our best to cater to their needs,” Dr. Anderson says. Members of the APA team, including physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and
medical assistants, work as a team to make a patient’s experience the best it can be.
Dr. Anderson says that going into chronic pain management is one of the best decisions she’s ever made. “It is very rewarding when I am able to offer a treatment plan that enables patients to return to their lives, families and work. We give patients the tools to take control of their pain and ways to manage their pain instead of letting their pain control them.”
She takes special pride in her work with soldiers, both active duty and veterans, who have been injured on deployment or in training. Her commitment to the military is personal as well as patriotic. “I’m part of that community. My husband, who was on active duty as a general surgeon, was deployed to Afghanistan on two separate tours.”
Dr. Anderson is also involved with supporting charities such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Georgetown Project, an initiative which supports and empowers that city’s children and youth.
Dr. Anderson is double board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. She received her MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her internship and anesthesiology residency training at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. She remained at Virginia Mason to complete a fellowship in interventional pain. Dr. Anderson credits her time at Virginia Mason, an institution with an international reputation in regional anesthesia and pain management, for her decision to continue her training in chronic pain management. She received her undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
For Dr. Anderson, one of the most rewarding aspects of her work is seeing patients begin to make wise choices for their general health, such as beginning an exercise regimen, improving their diets and focusing on a healthier lifestyle. “That’s going to continue positively serving them in the future,” she says.
Austin Pain Associates has offices in Georgetown, Cedar Park, Round Rock, North Austin, Central Austin, South Austin, Kyle , Westlake and Riverplace. Dr. Anderson sees patients at both the Cedar Park and Georgetown locations.