Options for Understanding and Managing Your Pain
Because of medical advances in recent years, fortunately there are often many options available to help understand more about specific pain problems and treat different types of pain. Depending on the pain you are experiencing, your specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Arnold Pain Management Center will work with you-and members of your medical team-to develop an individualized pain management treatment plan.
Your plan may consist of medication treatments, physical therapy and/or rehabilitation, behavior therapy, acupuncture and/or interventional procedures, including:
- Epidural steroid injection
- Facet joint injection
- Shoulder, hip and knee joints injection
- Nerve root block
- Radiofrequency rhizotomy
- Stellate ganglion block
- Lumbar sympathetic block
- Intradiscal therapy
- Non-surgical treatment for disc herniation (Disc Decompression)
- Spinal cord stimulator
- Intrathecal drug delivery (IT-Pump)
- Botox injections
If a treatment or a diagnostic procedure is determined to be the next best step to help relieve your pain, you will be given information about what you may need to do to prepare for your following visit. This may include stopping certain medicines, not eating or drinking before a specific treatment and arranging for an escort to drive you home afterward.
Please ask any questions about your pain management treatment plan. We want you to understand the potential benefits and risks of all treatments and feel comfortable with your treatment course. It is important that you and your clinical team work as partners to help resolve your pain.
Note: The Arnold Pain Management Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center does not prescribe long-term narcotics for pain management. If it is decided that narcotic medication is the appropriate way for you to manage your pain, you will be referred back to your primary care physician. You will not be given a prescription for narcotics during your visit.