About Our Service
Pain management is an important part of recovery from illness, injury or surgery. Spectrum Health offers a team of medical specialists with years of experience helping to relieve pain, control symptoms and improve overall functioning and health.
We have a full range of solutions for chronic pain, including the latest medicines and therapies. We also offer expertise in physiatry, which helps restore function for people who are disabled from a disease, disorder or injury.
Features of Pain Management Services
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice to relieve pain and other symptoms. Very thin needles puncture the skin at specific points of the body, which are believed to affect chemical neurotransmitters in the body. Acupuncture has proven successful for many people in chronic pain.
Our pain psychologists can help you learn new thinking and behaviors, so you can better cope with pain. Our specialties include chronic pain, health psychology and pre-surgical evaluations.
Corticosteroid injections can treat a variety of skeletal, muscular and spinal conditions. Your health care provider can perform some injections; others require a referral to a pain specialist.
Over-the-counter medicines for pain relief include acetaminophen, anti-inflammatories, ibuprofen and naproxen. In some situations, a prescription pain reliever may be needed.
Nerve blocks are injections of medicine to block pain from specific nerves. This procedure is used for pain relief, and before surgery, to completely block feeling in a specific area of the body. A epidural is a nerve block commonly used during childbirth.