Chronic Pain Management

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    If you have chronic pain, you will benefit from our services. Please call us. Our courteous and professional staff is available to make an appointment for you and will answer any questions you may have.

     


     

    Introduction

    The health care professionals of the Chronic Pain Management Center are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of acute, chronic, benign and cancer-related pain. Chronic pain is not a specific disease like asthma or diabetes, so isolating the specific cause of pain and starting appropriate treatment is not always simple. There are no clinical tests to verify the presence of pain or measure its intensity.

    Through the broad training and experience of our staff, we are able to offer services to children as well as adults and treat many pain syndromes. Our patients who come to this Center have gone through diagnostic tests, MRIs, CAT scans and even surgery. The results of their tests often come back negative, but the pain is still there. We believe their pain is real, whatever the cause! Our aim is to treat the cause of pain and return our patients to their normal lifestyle.

    We understand the complexity of our patient's pain and the suffering experienced by many individuals with persistent pain. Our pain team includes dedicated experts in pain medicine. If necessary, our patients are referred to other pain specialists. A multidisciplinary approach is very often warranted.

    We work closely with our patient's referring physician, as well as their insurance carrier. In some cases, we are able to offer detailed medical assessments to help resolve confusion about your diagnosis, physical functioning and work status. 


     

    Pain Center History And Mission

    The Department of Anesthesiology Chronic Pain Center was established in 1984. The goal of our treatment is to help patients gain control over their pain and lead normal, active and meaningful lives at home and in their community.

    Working with each patient is always a challenge and much thought, time and effort is given to each individual. By doing this we are all continually learning more about chronic pain and how best to manage it. Most of all we have learned to appreciate the uniqueness of each individual patient. 


     

    Types Of Pain Treated

    Our anesthesiologists have expertise in treating children's and adult pain including the provision of sedation for painful procedures. We see patients who have these and other problems:

      Chronic pain (unknown etiology)
      Back pain
      Myofascial pain
      Fibromyalgia
      Neuropathies
      Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS Type I and II)
      Headaches
      Pelvic pain
      Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
      Diabetic neuropathy
      Pancreatitis
      Sympathetic dystrophies
      Cancer pain


     

    Treatments Offered

      Epidural steroid injection
      Sympathetic nerve block Lidocaine infusion
      Trigger point injections
      Peripheral nerve block
      Celiac plexus block
      Facet injections
      Medial branch block
      Botox injections
      Transforaminal injections
      Neurolytic blocks

    Inplantable Devices

      Dorsal column stimulators
      Intrathecal pumps

    Alternative Treatments

      Acupuncture
      Biofeedback
      TENS (Transcutaneous electral nerve stimulation)
      Acupuncture-like TENS (acupuncture without needles)
      Relaxation training
      Physical therapy
      Occupational therapy
      Massage therapy

    Referrals are made for the above treatments. 


     

    Outpatient Services

    Our Pain Center is staffed by anesthesiologists and a Nurse Practitioner, who are experts in the field of pain management. They will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding your pain management.

    Our services:

      Consultations
      Management of chronic pain (malignant and nonmalignant)
      Follow-up visits
      Procedures
      Pain medicine management


     

    Research, Education And Training

    Our program not only meets current standards for care of chronic and acute pain, but also works to improve future care through education and research. We keep abreast of new advances and, if appropriate, can refer patients to research studies on pain problems for which answers are still needed. 


     

    How To Get An Appointment

    To be evaluated at the Center, patients must be referred by their primary physician or specialist. Contact us by phone (631)638-0800 with any questions or concerns. Our professional staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you call and we are not in the office, please leave a message and your call will be answered promptly. 


     

    Our Location

    3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-9464


     

    How To Reach Us

    Our mailing address is:

      Department of Anesthesiology Chronic Pain Management
      University Hospital and Medical Center
      3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
      Stony Brook, NY 11794-9464
      Phone: (631)638-0800
      FAX:    (631)638-0765


     

    Inpatient Acute Pain Services

    Our inpatient service is available 7 days a week, 24-hours a day.

    Our Pain Nurses will visit you several times a day to be sure you are comfortable regarding your pain.

    We are the only hospital in Suffolk County who offers advanced regional analgesia techniques including long-acting single shot nerve blocks as well as continuous multimodal nerve blocks.

    Our services include:

      Consultations
      Patient controlled analgesia (PCA)
      Regional anesthesia (epidural and other infusions)

    Pain Management is available for:

      Post-operative pain
      Trauma pain
      Burn patients
      Pediatric pain
      Acute exacerbation of chronic pain
      Chronic malignant and nonmalignant pain

    For additional information, please call 631-444-4000.