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Pain Management

The Pain Center at CMC treats the full spectrum of chronic pain conditions

Chronic pain affects every aspect of a person’s life and requires a comprehensive approach. The Pain Center at CMC helps people find relief so they can feel more like themselves again. To get you back to a lifestyle you can enjoy, we explore a range of treatment options that leverage many different resources. To be successful in finding relief from pain, patients must be committed and open minded. For some, it is a challenging journey. Our goal is to work with you to precisely diagnose and treat the underlying causes of your pain and find the right treatment so you can get back to a lifestyle you enjoy.
 

How do we treat our patients?

1. A thorough history and clinical examination
2. Review of previous imaging and interventions
3. Develop a treatment plan
4. Precisely target the pain causes utilizing the most advanced interventional pain management options
 

common types of pain treated:
  • Back and lower extremity pain
  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Chronic pelvic and genital pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Epidural scarring after back surgery
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain related to osteoarthritis
  • Myofascial pain (muscular pain)
  • Neck and upper extremity pain
  • Neuropathy pain
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Pain due to disc herniation, spinal stenosis or facet joint disease
  • Pain from degenerative disc disease
  • Painful surgical scars
  • Post-laminectomy (failed back) syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Tailbone pain (Coccygodynia)
  • Thoracic pain
  • Vertebral compression fractures
 
Pain can be described in a variety of ways, including:
  • Aching or soreness
  • Bloating or cramping
  • Burning
  • Constant
  • Comes and goes
  • Cutting
  • Dull
  • Numbing
  • Pressing
  • Pulling
  • Radiating or searing
  • Sharp, shooting, or stabbing
  • Throbbing
  • Tightness
 
Making an Appointment

Your doctor must refer you to the Pain Center. Once we receive a referral from your provider, we'll contact you and send you a welcome packet to complete and bring to your initial assessment.

DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND TECHNOLOGIES

Team of Specialists

Our team of specialists includes physicians and nurse practitioners with advanced training in treating pain. CMC's Pain Center team is dedicated to developing an individual pain plan for you to help discover the root cause of your chronic pain, reduce suffering and improve your overall quality of life. In assessing causes and solutions for your pain, we will evaluate the medical, physical, emotional, social and behavioral effects on your life. For some patients, this may mean a “new normal” that includes modifications for a chronic condition. You may be able to lead a much more rich and rewarding life than one that is restricted by pain.

Pain Evaluation

Your primary care doctor provides us with your medical history and the results of your physical examination. To fully understand your pain, we also conduct our own comprehensive physical evaluation and pain assessment. We ask you to complete a pain inventory to describe the type, location, frequency and intensity of your pain. We also want to learn about the emotional toll pain is taking on your life. To match patients with the right type of medical care, we will also assess your risk for dependence on a pain medication.

Safe Medication Monitoring

Proper pain medication use is imperitive. The Pain Center at CMC monitors medication use with pill counts, prescription refill reviews and random urine samples. It is important to use pain medication exactly as it is prescribed. That’s why we take every precaution to ensure your health and well-being.

Safe & Effective Treatment Options

At CMC’s Pain Center, we draw from a range of traditional and nontraditional treatment therapies to treat your pain. Interventional pain management is about looking at the whole person and how pain is affecting your entire life. We focus on providing a blend of non-invasive treatment options coupled with behavioral and physical therapy. Common treatment options include:

  • Discography and disc procedures
  • DRG neurostimulation
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet and sacroiliac radiofrequency ablations
  • Intracept® procedure
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lysis of epidural adhesions (Neuroplasty)
  • MILD® procedure
  • Musculoskeletal injections
  • Peripheral joints radiofrequency ablations
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Sacroplasty
  • Selective nerve root blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • Vertiflex® procedure
We will help you explore the benefits and harms of your options. We want you to experience the most benefits with the fewest risks.

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Get your back to your life with the Pain Center. Your doctor must refer you to the Pain Center and then we will send you a welcome packet to complete and bring to your initial assessment.
 

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