Chronic pain, defined as pain lasting more than three months or extending beyond expectations for a reasonable healing period, hurts your body and your quality of life. The St. Bernards Pain Management team takes the time to pinpoint the cause of pain and designs a treatment plan to decrease pain and enhance your body’s performance of everyday activities.
The Pain Management team draws on knowledge from the intersection of Internal Medicine, Orthopedic (bone and joint) medicine, Neurology (nervous system), Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Pharmacology and Psychiatry to best care for patients.
Pain Management physicians conduct a thorough history and physical examination, along with necessary tests to help develop the best treatment plan for recovery of function, abilities and quality of life. This is aided by promoting good long-term habits to improve the odds of success. The St. Bernards pain management team use both prescription and non-prescription methods to ease pain for patients.
Care plans give careful consideration to the mental strain that accompanies chronic pain, considering how it may contribute to ongoing pain and how to help patients achieve a healthier wellbeing.
When chronic pain resulting from chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes, degenerative arthritis, neuropathies) cannot be cured, the Pain Management team strives to find pain-reducing solutions and empowerment tools to withstand pain and discomfort more effectively.
Conditions most frequently treated:
- Neck Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Facet Joint Pain
- Failed Back Syndrome – persistent pain after back surgery
- Limb Pain and Sciatic
- Disc Herniation
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
- Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
- Shingles and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
- Medial Branch Block
- Epidural Injections
- Selective Nerve Root Block
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Medial Branch Radiofrequency Rhizotomy
- Stellate Ganglion Block
- Provocative Discogram
- Kyphoplasty for fractured vertebral bodies