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.
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
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.
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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