Relaxation techniques help you control your body’s automatic responses to pain, including muscle tension, fast breathing, and rapid heart rate.
Clinical psychologists help you manage depression, anxiety, and other emotional side effects that can result from living with chronic pain.
An exercise routine that improves flexibility and strength may help relieve stress on the muscles and joints and alleviate pain.
We offer alternative treatments including acupuncture, yoga, and meditation to treat your mind, body, and soul.
A variety of medications may be used to help control your pain, including over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil). If those are unsuccessful, prescription medications including muscle relaxers and pain killers may be considered.
Intrathecal Pump Therapy
An implanted pump releases low doses of medication into the space around the spine to reduce pain signals. This minimizes the side effects of high-dose medications and results in better pain control.
Medication can be injected on or near the nerves that are the source of pain. This numbs the nerves and blocks pain signals. Injections are performed in an outpatient procedure.
Injections of cortisone (a type of steroid) may offer relief for pain caused by inflamed nerves. This injection may go into the area that surrounds the spinal cord for pain that originates in the spine, or directly into a joint. We deliver the medication to the correct spot using an X-ray video during the procedure.
Spinal Cord Stimulation (Neurostimulation)
During this minimally invasive outpatient procedure, electrodes are implanted on your spinal cord and a generator is implanted under the skin on the abdomen or buttocks. The generator sends electrical impulses that travel through the electrodes to block pain signals. This procedure is reserved for patients with pain that does not respond to other treatments.
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS)
Small electrodes are implanted next to a peripheral nerve -- a nerve outside of the brain or spinal cord -- and a generator is implanted under the skin. Electricity from the generator travels to the electrode to block pain signals sent out by the peripheral nerve.
For pain that radiates from the spine to other areas of the body -- including the legs, arms, and head -- this minimally invasive procedure may be used to block the source of those pain signals. Using an X-ray to pinpoint the location of the appropriate nerve, we insert a heat source that burns the nerve and prevents the pain signal from traveling to the brain.