Pain Management Services | MedStar Health

What is pain management?

pain management

Advanced pain management that extends beyond medication

At MedStar Health, you’ll find pain management experts who won’t just write a medication prescription and send you on your way. In fact, once we identify the source of your pain, our first approach to relieving your pain typically involves interventions to manage your pain while limiting the need for opiods. There are many effective and safe ways to minimize your pain, restore function, and improve your quality of life without relying on opiod medications. From cortisol injections to neuromodulation techniques that stop pain signals from traveling to the brain, we’ll develop a treatment plan that uses a variety of techniques to meet your individual needs and goals.

Who we treat

  • Back pain/sciatica 

  • Cervical (neck) pain
  • Failed back syndrome
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia

  • Facial pain
  • Other neuropathic pain
  • Headaches (including migraine)
  • Cancer pain

  • Pain of shingles (Herpes zoster/post herpetic neuralgia)
  • Pelvic pain
  • Central pain syndromes (from spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc.)
  • Phantom limb pain

What to expect

There are many effective and safe ways to proactively address your pain—even before undergoing surgery.

Each pain management plan is tailored specifically to your needs, minimizing opioid medication when possible. Before, during, and after your procedure, your pain management team will work to aggressively minimize your pain while limiting the need for opioid medications.

Your pain management plan may include one or a combination of the following approaches:

  • Epidural injections – Local anesthetics are injected near nerves to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Nerve blocks – Medication is injected around large nerve groups to reduce pain in a specific area of the body
  • Spinal stimulation – Using a small, handheld device to stimulate nerves through the spine and reduce pain  
  • Opioid medications – Pills taken orally to manage pain

Our goal is to keep you safe and help you feel as comfortable as possible so you can get back to living the life you love.

Questions to ask your pain management team

Our pain management providers can help you understand safe and effective method methods for minimizing your pain after surgery and other procedures. To ease your mind, you may want to ask your pain management team the following questions:

  1. Are pain injections safe?
  2. Do pain management treatments hurt?
  3. Am I at risk for a bad reaction?
  4. How many pain management treatments will I need?

Our Pain Management Experts

Our pain management team provides leading consultative and interventional pain management services for acute, chronic, cancer-related, and postoperative pain in the Maryland and Washington, D.C.  regions.

You’ll benefit from our team approach as we work closely with other medical specialists to best meet your needs, including:

  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology

Services offered

All treatments are tailored to meet individual needs. Our services are based on the biopsychosocial model of pain intervention and benefit from a multidisciplinary approach. These include:

  • Independent comprehensive evaluation
  • Medical evaluation
  • Rehabilitative evaluation
  • Functional capacity assessment
  • AMA disability determination
  • Vocational assessment
  • Psychological evaluations
  • Medical and pharmacologic management
  • Neural blockade (spinal cord stimulators, pumps)
  • Radiofrequency lesioning
  • Physical therapy and conditioning
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Acupuncture and acupressure
  • Relaxation and stress management training
  • Individual and group therapy programs
  • Patient educational programs
  • Spinal injection techniques - precise applications of steroids or other indication to the spine under X-ray (fluoroscope) guidance
  • Joint applications of steroids
  • Diagnostic procedures of the spine, including discography, intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET)
  • Spinal implantation of advanced pain management devices (spinal cord stimulators and infusion pumps)

Our Locations

 

  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

    9000 Franklin Square
    Dr. Pain Management 2C
    Baltimore, MD 21237
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  • MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

    5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
    Smyth Bldg., Ste. 403A
    Baltimore, MD 21239
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  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

    3333 North Calvert St.
    Johnston Professional Bldg., Ste. 655
    Baltimore, MD 21218
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  • MedStar Health at Timonium

    2118 Greenspring Dr.
    Timonium, MD 21093
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  • MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Center

    12 MedStar Blvd.
    Bel Air, MD 21015
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  • MedStar Health at Leisure World Boulevard

    3305 North Leisure World Blvd.
    Silver Spring, MD 20906
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  • MedStar Health at Mitchellville

    12158 Central Ave.
    Mitchellville, MD 20721
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  • MedStar Health at Brandywine

    12158 Central Ave.
    Mitchellville, MD 20721
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  • MedStar Pain Management at Takoma

    6475 New Hampshire Ave.
    Ste. 200A
    Hyattsville, MD 20783
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  • MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre

    1133 21st Street, NW
    Bldg. 2, 6th Floor
    Washington, DC, 20036
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  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center

    110 Irving St., NW
    Washington, D.C. 20010
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Additional information

For patients

Our pain management team is here to guide you, making sure you understand you treatment options every step of the way.

New patient packet 

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 855-812-9406.

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