Pain Clinic

Pain Clinic

Welcome to JCH Pain Clinic.  We offer a multidisciplinary team approach to your pain.  Our comprehensive team approach will provide a much needed service to our patients and our community as a whole.  Our pain services will include back, neck, shoulder, hip, and knee.

Our JCH Team feels treating the whole patient is essential to the success of your pain management.  Your active participation is an important part in you health care and to our team approach.   Without active participation we will not be able to achieve our GOAL- Improving your Quality of Life.

When treating chronic pain we treat more than just the damaged area(s) of the body.  You may have to live with a certain amount of pain, but achieving small victories one step at a time will ultimately improve your Quality of Life.  We want you to enjoy life again – whether that means returning to work, going fishing or shopping with a friend, or playing with your children or grandchildren. 

Our Approach:

We do not manage your medical problems. We are consultants, and will work diligently with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to ensure seamless care.  Your PCP will manage your pain medications.

Our pain team will use physical and occupational therapy to help us evaluate your strengths, and your ability to function.  We understand pain can reduce movement – decreasing your participation in activities that you enjoy.  Therapists use muscle strengthening techniques, modalities,  and the latest equipment to help you achieve your goals.  Finally, therapy will create a program specific to your needs.

Behavioral Management is an important aspect of our team approach.  Remember chronic pain affects the entire person, mind and body, and coping skills are an important aspect of pain management.  We have resources available should this need arise.

Our Non-Invasive Services:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Social Worker

Our Procedures:

Epidural injections is a long lasting steroid and numbing agent.  This reduces inflammation when injected into the painful area. There are several approaches:

  • Translaminar
    A needle is placed between (2) vertebrae directly into the middle of the back delivering medication to the nerve roots on both the right and left sides at the same time.
     
  • Transforaminal 
    A needle is placed to the side of the vertebrae just above the opening for the nerve root. This method treats one side at a time (and is preferred for patients who have had previous spinal surgery).
     
  • Medial Branch Nerve Blocks and Facet Joint Injections
    Temporarily interrupts the pain signals carried by the nerves – reducing your pain.
     
  • Radiofrequency Denervation of Medial Branch Nerve
    This is very similar to nerve blocks. A probe will be placed at the location of the nerves and then cauterized.  The area will be numbed before treatment of the nerves.
     
  • Facet Joint  Injection
    Injection targeted therapy or Dermaome directed therapy).   A dermatome is the area of sensory nerves near the skin.
     
  • Trigger Point Injections
    Injections that treat the painful area of muscles.
     
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
    Injections used to treat low back and buttock pain that may sometimes travel to the legs.

All procedures are performed under the guidance of x-ray (C-Arm). This ensures accurate anatomic delivery of pain medication.

Call JCH Medical Group  at 618-498-7108 Ext. 101 for appointments and more information.