Chronic Pain Management

Living with chronic or acute pain is a reality for many people. At Edgewood Surgical Hospital, we recognize that chronic pain can greatly impair one’s ability to function and lead a productive, enjoyable life. At the Chronic Pain Management Center at Edgewood Surgical Hospital, treatment is provided by experienced, talented, and compassionate physicians and nurses.

If you have unrelenting pain that has not responded to treatment recommended by your primary care physician or if pain affects your daily activities and is not relieved by medication, you may benefit from seeing a pain specialist. Studies have shown that early intervention and treatment can drastically affect the long-term results of pain.

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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.

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Pain Center History and Mission

The Chronic Pain Management Center was established in 2005. 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.

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Types of Pain Treated

With over 50 years of combined experience as a premier pain group in Mercer County, we have a unique insight in treating patients who suffer from the following debilitating conditions:

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

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Pain Management Techniques & Treaments

Implantable Devices
  • Dorsal column stimulators
  • Intrathecal pumps
Alternative Treatments
  • Biofeedback
  • TENS
    (Transcutaneous electral nerve stimulation)
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • 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

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Outpatient Services

Our Pain Center is staffed by anesthesiologists 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

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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.

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How to get an Appointment

If you think that you may be a candidate for our pain management services, please contact us at 724-646-0400. Our out-patient clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm. You will be cared for with timely scheduling and treated by experienced, professional and compassionate physicians and staff. Our caring staff will assist you with timely treatment - including same day scheduling.

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“Edgewood has state-of-the-art equipment throughout the facility to assist us in providing exceptional care.  Post surgical monitoring is just as important. The staff at Edgewood follow up with every patient and surgeons are able to render their care at the highest level possible.”

– Daryl E. List, D.O.
Anesthesiologist & Chronic
Pain Management Specialist

Preparing for the Procedure

Notify your referring physician or primary care physician of any medication that may "thin your blood." You will need to stop taking the following medications for a minimum of 7 days before your scheduled treatment:

  • Plavix
  • Ticlid
  • Coumadin
  • Lovenox

If possible, anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin and aspirin should be stopped several days before your scheduled treatment as well.

The day before your procedure, you will be contacted by a nurse from Edgewood Surgical Hospital who will conduct a pre-assessment and inform you of your arrival time at the hospital.

  • You may eat a light breakfast or lunch on the day of your procedure.
  • You may take all of your current medications unless otherwise directed by your physician.
  • Wear comfortable clothing such as loose pants with an elastic waist band and an easy to button shirt or blouse.
  • You must have someone drive you to and from the hospital.

The procedure is performed on an out-patient basis in a special procedure room in the hospital. A repeat injection may be planned after consultation with the pain management physician.