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Pain Management – proven techniques to ease discomfort

Living with pain can have a devastating effect on your physical and emotional health. You don't have to learn to live with pain. Our experienced and caring providers are board certified in pain management and experienced in a wide variety of pain treatment options. 

Our team of health care professionals will work with you and your family to help develop and achieve goals for your return to an active and fulfilling life. 

Our interdisciplinary pain treatment team consists of an osteopathic medicine physician, an interventional pain physician/anesthesiologist, a pain psychologist, an advanced practice nurse practitioner, a pain medication management team and pain management nurses.

Goals of pain management

Our collaborative comprehensive assessment uses our combined expertise in pain management to develop an individualized diagnostic and treatment plan to identify and treat the underlying cause of your pain. We develop a plan for long-term pain management that may include implantable devices or long-acting pain medications. 

Whenever possible, our main objective is not to just “cover up pain,” but to treat its source and to optimize or improve your physical, emotional, and occupational function. 

Whether you are suffering from acute or chronic pain, our pain clinic specialist can help you:

  • Decrease your pain
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Learn new coping skills
  • Decrease the fear, depression and anxiety caused by your pain
  • Improve your ability to function and enjoy day-to-day activities

Our diagnostic and treatment plan focuses on the following goals: 

  • Identification of the pain generating mechanism (source of pain).
  • Increase participation in activities of daily living, productive activity, recreation and social activities.
  • Improve quality of sleep and correct any problematic sleep habits.
  • Develop effective pain coping skills.
  • Decrease emotional aspects of pain (depression, anxiety, fear).
  • Develop long-term plan to maintain treatment gains and reduce the chronic, recurrent pain cycle.

Some types of pain treated include, but are not limited to:

  • Low back and leg pain
  • Neck and arm pain
  • Disc disease pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Pain after back or neck surgery
  • Thoracic spine or chest wall pain
  • Headaches
  • Pain due to poor circulation
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Spinal cord injury pain
  • Pain from shingles

Therapeutic treatment options include:

  • Osteopathic musculoskeletal treatments
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic injections, which treat chronic back, neck or extremity pain.
  • Spinal cord or peripheral nerve stimulators.
  • Percutaneous nucleoplasty: minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat small disc bulges.
  • Radio-frequency thermal coagulation for facet joint pain.
  • Medication management for pain from nerve and/or tissue damage.
  • Psychological and educational treatment to improve chronic pain coping skills.
  • Referrals to specialists for physical therapy, surgery, dietary consults and more as needed to improve the long-term management of pain.

 

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