The vision of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital is the best outcome for every patient, every time. At the Pain Clinic, we do everything we can to treat and manage patient's pain that affects their daily life. While there isn't a cure for pain, we provide hope for patients seeking pain relief.
Patients who suffer from pain that is recurring, lasting 6 to 8 weeks, may be a candidate for a referral to the Pain Clinic. Treatment of pain caused by neuropathic diseases, intense headaches or migraines and injuries is analyzed at the Pain Clinic and then further reviewed by a physician for follow up care and procedures.
Living with pain can have lasting effects on your health and wellbeing. Although pain can be impossible to cure, the Pain Clinic helps patient's live with and better manage pain.
Types of Pain
Patients experience pain in a variety of different ways and degrees. The Pain Clinic works with patients who are experiencing acute or chronic pain. Our goal is to reduce, control and treat both types of pain. Acute pain comes on quickly in a patient and is typically related to a specific injury. Once the injury is healed, acute pain normally goes away. Chronic pain, however, can last for an extended period of time (weeks or months). Rather than associated with an injury, chronic pain tends to be associated with a condition.
Chronic pain is difficult and sometimes impossible to fully cure. At the Pain Clinic, pain management or pain medicine treatments help individuals manage pain that affects them in their daily lives. Because chronic pain is a complex problem, we take a multidisciplinary approach in developing patient treatment plans, which includes medical management of pain and a variety of minimally invasive procedures.
The Pain Clinic treats a multitude of pain types, including:
• Back Pain
• Compression Fractures
• Disc Herniation/ Fissures
• Neck Pain
• Chronic Headaches
• Spinal Stenosis
• Knee Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
• Diabetic Nerve Pain
Minimally Invasive Procedures
There are a variety of ways to treat pain. Some pain can be controlled more efficiently through our minimally invasive procedures. The procedures offered at the Pain Clinic include:
• Diagnostic Discography in Cervical, Lumbar and Thoracic body regions
• Epidural Steroid Injections in Cervical, Lumbar and Thoracic body regions
• Facet and Joint medicine Injections
• Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems (refills only offered)
• Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks
• Neurolytic Blocks
• Peripheral Nerve Blocks
• Radiofrequency Neurotomy
• Spinal Core Stimulation
• Stellate Ganglion Blocks
• Trigger Point Injections
Goals & Benefits of Pain Management
Individuals suffering from pain may benefit from the services provided at the Pain Clinic. Pain that is recurring, lasting 6 to 8 weeks, from an injury, surgery, or other health condition may see pain relief or increased functioning as a result of treatment.
Achieving patient goals and improvements is important to us. We hope to: "Reduce your pain and its severity" "Increase your activities at home and work" and "Improve your quality of life".
Before your appointment
The Pain Clinic works on a referral basis. Notification from a qualified physician is required before consultations, treatments and procedures may begin at the Pain Clinic.
You will be contacted by the care team at the Pain Clinic several days before your appointment. They will provide you with information to prepare for your visit at the Pain Clinic. As the care team prepares for your visit please remember to follow these standard guidelines.
• Notify the care team before your appointment if you are on a blood thinner (such as Coumadin or Plavix)
• Expect your appointment to last from one to two hours, including recovery periods
• Bring insurance cards and a list of medications to each appointment