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Pain Management

Mercy Health System provides comprehensive pain management services for acute and chronic pain at Mercy Fitzgerald and Nazareth Hospitals.

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital

Pain Management Services at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital aim to eliminate or reduce pain and improve functional ability at home or at work. The comprehensive treatment options represent the best combination of interventional pain procedures and exercise therapy.

The goals of treatment include:

  • Reducing or eliminating pain
  • Avoiding or eliminating the need for surgery
  • Decreasing the dependency on pain medications
  • Earlier return to work and activities of daily living

The Pain Management program treats the following types of pain:

  • Painful spine conditions including acute and chronic neck, thoracic, and low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pain associate with degenerative spine conditions
  • Headaches
  • Elbow, shoulder, knee and hip pain
  • Back pain following spine surgery
  • Pain secondary to reflex sympathetic dystrophy of the arms and legs
  • Shingles pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Rib pain

Types of Pain Treatment

The patient’s treatment program, which starts with an office consultation, is administered on an outpatient basis at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, and may include:

  • Epidural steroid injections (cervical, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Facet joint blocks (cervical, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Radiofrequency facet nerve denervation
  • Pericutaneous disc decompression (nucleoplasty)
  • Lumbar Discography
  • Stellate ganglion and lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • Rib injections
  • Pain blocks for pelvic pain syndromes
  • Spinal cord stimulator (Neuromodulation)
  • Knee, hip, shoulder and elbow injections

All results of the patient’s evaluation, treatments and progress are shared with their referring physician and other involved parties.

Nazareth Hospital

Chronic pain hurts in more than just the physical sense. Pain can limit relationships, ability to work, a person’s outlook on life. And pain is an individual experience. Only you know what you’re feeling. At Nazareth Hospital, experienced physicians help—with skill, compassion, and a combination of traditional and advanced pain management strategies that focus on relieving your pain. Nazareth’s team works with you to find ways to identify the most effective approach to control your pain.

Pain management diagnostics and treatments include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Epidural Steroid Injections for neck and back pain
  • Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
  • Discography
  • Nerve Blocks (sympathetic and facet, intercostal)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Implantable Pumps
  • Trigger Point Injections

Our Pain Management specialists treat:

  • Back pain, with or without sciatica
  • Neuropathic or nerve pain
  • Headaches, with an emphasis on migraines and undiagnosed cervicogenic headaches
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
  • Thoracic and chest wall pain
  • Postherpetic neuralgia (shingles)

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