Pain. It can turn a smile into a frown. It can stop you from enjoying all the things you used to do. And it can distance you from family and friends. But no matter what type of pain you experience, chances are it affects every aspect of your life.
The Pain Management Center at South Shore Hospital is dedicated to locating the source of your pain and identifying ways to minimize or eliminate it. You and our specialists work together to treat your pain, as well as the stress and anxiety that often accompanies pain.
Our goal is to make you comfortable so that you may enjoy your life to its full potential. Your treatment is designed exclusively for you.
Our pain center staff includes board-certified physicians and nurses dedicated to the management of painful conditions.
What can the pain center treat?
We treat a variety of conditions:
What happens at the pain center?
First, you will be seen by a registered nurse and a physician who specialize in pain management. They will review your medical history and evaluate your pain. Depending on your situation, your evaluation may include laboratory and radiological testing, and/or behavioral assessment. The doctor will then offer a treatment plan based on the assessment.
Will I be treated on the first visit?
An evaluation will be done on the first visit. You may or may not receive additional treatments at this time. Treatment plans are determined on a case-by-case basis after your initial evaluation by the physician.
Notable exceptions include workers compensation which often require prior approval before any interventional treatment can be performed.
What will my treatment involve?
Your care will be personalized depending on your pain problem. Your treatment may involve one or more of the following:
- Behavioral therapy referrals
- Interventional and Implant therapies
- Medication management/recommendations
- Nerve blocks
- Patient education
- Physical therapy referrals
- Relaxation therapy
- State of the art injection therapy
- Wellness training
Who’s on the pain center staff?
Our pain management physicians, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, pharmacists, and other health care professionals are dedicated to helping you find relief. Our registered nursing staff is expert in the skilled and compassionate care of those in chronic and acute pain.
Our physicians are board-certified in pain management and anesthesiology:
- Clifford Breslow, MD
- Mark Canning, MD
- Gordon Juric, MD
- Mekhala Stephen, MD
- Mark Wechsler, MD
- Suzanne Halsey, NP
- Judy Kwong, NP
How do I make an appointment?
In order for our Pain Management Center to begin evaluating your condition, we need a referral from your primary care physician. Speak with your physician and request a referral to the center, or call us at 781-624-8352.
Will insurance cover treatment?
The Pain Management Center’s services are covered in full or in part by many health insurance plans. However, since plans vary, we encourage you to discuss the details with your insurance representative. You may also contact us at 781-624-8352.
Will I need a ride home?
Many procedures performed can cause associated numbness, weakness, and/or loss of position sense, which can make the ability to operate an automobile difficult. Our policy therefore states that patients needing any treatment will need a ride home.
Do you prescribe chronic pain medications?
We evaluate or establish medication regimens for patients with chronic pain. This can usually be established in one or more office visits. After that, we believe that the primary or referring physician should follow his/her patient on stable doses of (narcotic and non-narcotic) medications. Our staff is committed to being available for immediate re-evaluation should issues arise involving these medications.
What if I still have questions?
We’d be happy to talk with you, or to give you a tour of the center if you’d like. Call us at 781-624-8352.
Center for Orthopedics, Spine and Sports Medicine
2 Pond Park Road
Hingham, MA 02043