If you suffer from chronic pain, we know what you’re thinking: Make it stop. We know how to help.
Technically, pain is a sensation triggered by the nervous system. But anyone who has suffered back, neck or joint pain, cancer-related pain, shingles or any other type of chronic pain knows its effects touch every part of daily life.
Pain treatment at Hartford HealthCare addresses the complexities of treating pain with a single purpose: to restore function while providing relief that allows you to resume your normal routine.
Here are some types of pain we treat
- Back and neck pain (including sciatica, spinal stenosis, back surgery, arthritic conditions, pinched nerves and muscle spasms)
- Work injuries
- Cancer pain
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Nerve injury pain
- Joint pain
- Pain from other acute and chronic conditions
New technology continues to improve pain-management treatment
Scrambler therapy for severe, chronic neuropathic pain uses electrodes placed on the skin to block pain signals without drugs or an invasive procedure. The therapy, using a machine developed by Calmare Therapeutics, sends non-pain information via the electrodes to the nerve fibers that have been receiving pain messages.
Spinal cord stimulation, which modifies or blocks nerve activity that otherwise allows pain signals to reach the brain, has been effective for people with chronic leg or arm pain, failed back-surgery syndrome, arachnoiditis (inflammation and scarring of the spinal nerves’ protective layers) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (a progressive disease of the nervous system).
High-intensity light therapy with the HILT stem laser that doctors can now use to reduce the debilitating pain of shingles, a viral infection, in sessions that last only 10 or 15 minutes.
Low-level energy laser: Applied directly onto the skin or body orifices.
Sphenopalatine ganglion block: A minimally invasive procedure used to treat head and facial pain.
Genomes: Gene-mapping that assists in diagnosing and treating complex patients that are not responding to medications or have significant side effects.
Other non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatments:
- Non-opioid analgesics
- Pharmacological opioids
- Trigger point injections
- Joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
- Intrathecal drug delivery
- Nucleoplasty/disc decompression
- Intradiscal electrothermal therapy
- Epidural steroid injection
- Diagnostic discography
- Radiofrequency (RF) therapy
- Cryotherapy treatment
- Pain management coping skills
- Relaxation techniques
- Muscle biofeedback