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The Pain Management Center at Stanford Health Care offers a comprehensive range of services for patients with acute or chronic pain. Through the combined expertise of a multidisciplinary team of pain specialists, Stanford offers the most advanced treatment options currently available, in a supportive, compassionate environment.
Care and Treatment
Pain is a complex medical problem that can have profound effects on your physical and mental well-being. Our goal is to help you decrease your level of pain and suffering, to return you to your maximum level of functioning and independence, and to help you restore your quality of life. Your physician may refer you to the Pain Management Center for evaluation, for one or more specific procedures, or for ongoing treatment.
Individualized treatment plan: The treatment plan developed by the Pain Management team will be specially tailored to your condition and degree of pain, your needs and your personal objectives. Your treatment plan may include a single approach, or a combination of different types of therapies: medical therapies, including both medications and special procedures; psychological therapies; and rehabilitation therapies.
Duration of care: The duration of the treatment plan will vary from patient to patient, depending on the particular complexity and combination of treatments prescribed. On average, most patients will be in treatment for a period of approximately three to six months. During this time, you may need to allocate approximately three hours per week for treatments at the Pain Management Center.
Throughout the duration of your treatment at the Pain Management Center, we will remain in contact with your primary physician to keep him/her apprised of your progress.
Types of injections of corticosteroid medications into the area around the spinal nerves (epidural space) to reduce inflammation of the nerve and disc. Options include caudal epidural, interlaminar epidural, transforaminal epidural, and translaminar epidural.
procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain in the
back, arms or legs by sending electrical pulses to the spinal cord.
Medications are used to reduce the intensity of pain. The primary goal of medications is to help patients participate more fully in pain management, and to return to their personal, family, and social activities.
Occupational therapy focuses on a range of techniques to enable you to return to work or a normal daily routine.
Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, held a key leadership role in developing the NIH Health and Human Services National Pain Strategy. Dr. Mackey also served as co-chair of the committee that produced the National Pain Strategy report.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
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