How We Can Help You
Although chronic pain is recognized as among the most difficult and complex conditions for doctors to manage, the treatment of chronic pain has significantly improved over the last decade. As your care team, we work together to make sense of a working diagnosis; be flexible as more information is gained and symptoms recur or change; educate and follow through with a plan that makes sense to everyone and coordinate with all your providers for long-term success and support.
Advanced Pain Management OptionsWhile medication is often effective in treating chronic pain, it’s not the only option available. Our pain specialists offer a much deeper approach, including additional therapies that can be used to enhance or even reduce medication use:
- Nerve Blocks: Anesthetics to block the pain and sometimes steroids
- Acupuncture: Small needles to promote natural healing, a low risk option for many diseases
- Discography: Nerve blocks to help the surgeon determine the level of possible surgery or CT scan
- Radiofrequency Lesioning: Three appointments to numb the nerve sites and let you test them at home followed by a semi-permanent (6-9 months) high energy sound wave to heat the nerves and interrupt pain conduction. Best for facet pain.
- Spinal Cord Stimulation: Small electric device implanted under the skin delivering low electric signals to the spine. These signals replace the pain signals. The process requires: attendance at an information meeting, a four hour psychology evaluation, trial implant and then implantation by surgery.
- Medication Optimization: Working with all of your team to help with best surgical outcome and long term management if needed by your primary doctor.
We recognize the link between physical pain and overall wellness. We can help you identify and cope with concerns that may be a cause of your chronic pain.
- Difficultly adjusting to health changes/issues
- Fear of activities (kinesiophobia)
- Difficultly coping
- Coping with chronic pain
- Health psychology
- Pre-surgical psychology evaluations
Our pain psychologists work with you to help learn new ways of thinking and behaving to better cope with your pain.