The Schneck Medical Center Pain Center is dedicated to the effective treatment and management of pain. The goal of the pain management physician is to identify the underlying cause of pain and cure it. When a cure is not possible, pain management is used to reduce the devastating impact of pain and help patients resume lives that are as normal and as pain-free as possible.
The Pain Center offers evaluation, treatment, and follow-up for a wide range of pain conditions, including:
- Atypical headaches and facial pain
- Migraine and cluster headaches
- Low back and spine pain, including herniated disk and persistent pain after back surgery
- Pain after stroke or trauma
- Neck and thoracic spine pain
- Chest pain after chest surgery
- Cancer-related pain
- Pain related to cancer or the treatment of cancer
- Fibromyalgia pain
- HIV-related pain
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Pain due to multiple sclerosis
- Pain from damaged nerves and neuroma
- Pain due to poor blood flow or nerve irritation
- Diabetic neuropathy and Raynaud's Phenomenon pain
Treatments and referrals for:
- Behavioral medicine, biofeedback,stress management, and pain-reduction training
- Psychological interventions to address components of depression and anxiety, and to foster pain-coping responses
- Diagnostic EMG
- Medication management
- Peripheral and sympathetic nerveblocks
- Epidural steroid injections
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Diagnostic facet-joint injection
- Spinal implantation techniques for
- electrical stimulation
- Physical conditioning and
- rehabilitative programs to improve or
- restore functional capacity
- medication administration Kyphoplasty
Treating you as an individual
At the Pain Center, our staff will approach your case individually and objectively. The causes of your pain will be evaluated thoroughly and a treatment program developed for your individual needs. Your program will be geared toward maximizing your potential and increasing your functional capabilities.
Providing your care in a team-based environment
Thanks to the clinical support of a full-service hospital, patients receive services and treatment from a multi-disciplinary team of pain care professionals. Working together, our staff provides an exceptional range of skills, training, experience, and knowledge.
Start by talking with your doctor
Since the Pain Center works primarily from referrals, your pain condition should first be brought to the attention of your regular physician. Your physician can then determine if you should be referred to the Pain Center.
We'll give you a thorough evaluation
If your physician refers you to the Pain Center, you will receive an initial evaluation by a medical specialist. This evaluation will consist of a review of available medical records, a history and physical, and a detailed report of finds, including diagnosis and proposed treatment plan. Patients needing further diagnostic studies for complaints of pain may receive additional diagnostic services, such as X-rays, CTs, and MRIs.
Then we'll design a treatment plan especially for you
After your initial evaluation, a treatment program will be developed just for you. The treatment will be directed at relieving your pain, teaching you how to manage pain, and increasing your ability to work and carry out a normal lifestyle. The Pain Center uses a variety of methods to accomplish these goals.
Rest assured, despite the nature, cause, or severity of your pain, the Pain Center will provide you with a superior range of programs and clinical options.
What you need for your first visit
On your first visit, please bring any X-rays, MRI, CT, or films relating to your pain condition.
Also, please bring a list of all the medications you are taking, including the name, dosages, milligrams, and length of time you have been taking them.
Please bring a similar list of the medications you have taken within the past year, including the effectiveness of each medication and why you stopped taking them. Any drug allergies or sensitivities you have should be noted prominently.
Your physician's office should be able to assist you in obtaining these films and records.
Making your appointments
The Pain Center services are available by appointment only. This gives the staff an opportunity to allocate enough time to each individual patient, thus maximizing treatment. Please call for appointment hours. If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please notify us as soon as possible.
When you arrive at the hospital for your appointment
Register as an outpatient on the first floor at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. You will then be directed to the Pain Center.
Your appointment will last about an hour. A relative or friend may accompany you. If an invasive procedure, such as an injection, is to be performed, you will be encouraged to bring a licensed driver with you.
No invasive procedure will be performed without your written, informed consent. Should you decide to refuse a treatment recommendation, or to delay treatment for any reason, our staff will respect that decision.
If you have any questions for the nurse or doctor, please phone 812.524.4253 or toll-free 800.234.9222, ext. 253. Your call will be returned between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.