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 the Center for Orthopedic, Spine and Sports Medicine, part of South Shore Health System, 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?
On your first visit you will be seen by a registered nurse, then a consultation with a NP or Physician who specializes 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 team will then offer a treatment plan based on the assessment. Treatment plans are specific to each patient and condition.
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:
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Facet Blocks
- Nerve Blocks
- Sympathetic Blocks
- Trigger Point injections
- Botox Injections for Headaches/Dystonia
- Sacroiliac and other Joint Injections
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Intrathecal Pump Management
- Medication management/recommendations
- Radiofrequency Ablation “Cool RF” for cervical and lumbar pain,
- Radiofrequency Ablation “Cool RF” for arthritic hip and knee pain
Who’s on the pain center staff?
Our pain management team consists of physicians, NPs, nurses, and other health care professionals. Each member is 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
- Elizabeth Cruz, ANP-BC, RN
- 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 have the office send over your demographics, last note and reason for referral, any imaging related to the area of pain. Our Fax number is 781-624-8665.
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. Therefore, our policy states that patients needing any treatment will need a ride home.
Do you prescribe chronic pain medications?
The Pain Management Clinic seeks to implement strategies that will positively affect our patients’ well-being, function, and quality of life. This is almost always accomplished without the use of opioid medications. Current research shows that opioids are not indicated in chronic pain management
Our goal is to find a solution that improves function and quality of life without the risk and side effects of chronic opioid therapy. We have seen this strategy work for thousands of patients.
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