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Out of Pain Into Relief

Spine & Pain Management

Pain touches each one of us at one time or another. Pain can begin for many different reasons and often is a natural response to illness or injury. Yet, as common as pain is, the medical community is just beginning to understand and better address the many forms of pain.

At the Spine & Pain Management Center we are a Priority Health Spine Centers of Excellence. Our unique approach to care matches you with the most appropriate specialist who coordinates your entire treatment plan. We provide a full range of medical and surgical solutions for patients with back and neck conditions or chronic pain. Our team offers expert, comprehensive care─from diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation─all in one convenient location.

We’ll work with you to develop a customized treatment plan designed to relieve pain, control symptoms, and improve daily functioning and health. Your treatment plan may include: acupuncture, counseling with our pain psychologists, interventional pain techniques, implantable devices, education, physical medicine and rehabilitation or spine surgery and medications.

Conservative Care Backed by Surgical Expertise

Most of the time, medications and other conservative treatments can greatly relieve acute pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, our multidisciplinary treatment approach can help you regain control of your life and reduce your sense of suffering. When dealing with back and neck pain, it’s important to start with conservative care, such as physical therapy and medication management. If those efforts have been tried or are not enough, it may be time to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of surgery. Together, your care team will work with you to determine if surgery, or a non-surgical option, is the right treatment path.

Dr. Nuala Crotty, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with the Spectrum Health Medical Group Spine & Pain Management Center, discusses how it is normal to want to cut back on your physical activities when you have back pain. And while it can be helpful to the healing process to cut back on your activities for the first few days or week, if you still avoiding your usual activities after 3 or 4 weeks, that is a concern. Avoiding activity because we are afraid of hurting ourselves more or we just don’t like the pain we feel if we do, is a risk factor for developing chronic pain.

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