Department of Pain Medicine
The Continental Hospitals Department of Pain Medicine offer the most advanced, evidence- based effective treatment options delivered by an interdisciplinary team of specialists trained in the field of chronic pain. The team includes anesthesiologists, neurologists, surgeons, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and nurse practitioners, all working together in a supportive, compassionate environment to address your specific pain and to design a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.
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Conditions treated include:Low Back Pain: Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of problems with any parts of the complex, interconnected network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine.
Neck Pain: Neck pain and stiffness is due to poor posture or overuse. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash.
Headache and Facial Pain: Headache and facial pain can have numerous etiologies that are important for the clinician to consider.ion for an exhaustive compilation of all headache and facial pain etiologies. Most patients who present with headache have 1 of the following 3 main headache syndromes:migraine, cluster headache, or tension headache.
Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain: Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain state that usually is accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves may be damaged, dysfunctional, or injured. These damaged nerve fibers send incorrect signals to other pain centers.
Pain after Surgery: There can be execruiting pain, medications such as morphine, fentanyl, hydromorphone. Benefits: Strong pain relievers. Many options are available if one is causing significant side effects. Risks: May cause nausea, vomiting, itching, drowsiness, and/or constipation. post-surgical pain relief and pain medications is before you have surgery. Being prepared can lead to more effective pain management.
Myofascial pain and Fibromyalgia: Myofascial Pain Syndrome and fibromyalgia may coexist, presenting a complex clinical picture; however, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome are not one and the same condition. Fibromyalgia is a generalized amplification of pain or hypersensitivity condition and is associated with tender points in the muscles.
Post-Injury Chronic Pain: Also known as Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition most often affecting one of the limbs (arms, legs, hands, or feet), usually after an injury ortrauma to that limb. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems.
Lumbar and Cervical facet joint injection: A cervical, thoracic or lumbar facet joint injection involves injecting a small amount of local anesthetic (numbing agent) and/or steroid medication, which can anesthetize the facet joints and block the pain. The pain relief from a facet joint injection is intended to help a patient better tolerate a physical therapy routine to rehabilitate his or her injury or back condition.
Sacroiliac Joint injection: The purpose of a sacroiliac joint injection has two purposes firstly, to diagnose the source of a patient's pain, and to provide therapeutic pain relief. At times the patients are separated and a patient will undergo a purely diagnostic or therapeutic injection, although often the two are combined into one injection.
Epidural steroid and Nerve root injection: Epidural lumbar nerve root block/steroid injection are commonly performed interventional treatments for spine-related pain. These procedures are the foundation of any image-guided spine pain management practice. While more generic and not target-specific, epidural steroid injections are highly effective in a large proportion of patients.
Sympathetic Blocks: A sympathetic nerve block is believed by many pain health care providers to be an effective method for controlling chronic pain. This therapy targets the sympathetic nervous system, a series of nerves that spread out from your spine to your body to help control several involuntary body functions. These include blood flow, digestion, and sweating and few more.
Intrathecal drug delivery: Intrathecal drug delivery, also known as "pain pump," uses a small pump to deliver pain medication directly to your spinal cord. The pump is surgically placed under the abdominal skin and delivers pain medication through a catheter to the area around your spinal cord.
Neurostimulation: Neurostimulation is the purposeful modulation of the nervous system's activity using invasive or non-invasive means (e.g. transcranial magnetic stimulation or transcranial electric stimulation, tES, such as tDCS or transcranial alternating current stimulation, tACS).
Neurostimulation technology can improve the life quality of those who are severely paralyzed or suffering from profound losses to various sense organs.
Epidural lysis of adhesions: Epidural lysis of adhesions represents an important part of the interventional repertoire for the treatment of low back pain that is refractory to more conventional treatments such as epidural steroid injections LOA is a commonly performed procedure for treatment of back pain secondary to failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) and spinal stenosis