What is pain management?

pain management

When you undergo a major or minor procedure, you may need pain management to provide relief during recovery. Our team of physicians and nurse practitioners takes a holistic approach to assess all factors that contribute to pain. The pain management service assesses lifestyle management, medical management, and procedural interventions (injections). Our team then designs individualized care to address each patient’s unique needs to relieve their acute, chronic, or cancer-related pain.

The focus of the pain management program is on treating not just the symptoms, but the whole person. The program’s goals are to diagnose the pain syndrome, reduce the subjective experience of pain, assist with medication management, improve the individual’s ability to control pain, and improve physical and emotional functioning.

Who we treat

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 anesthesia 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 anesthesia team

Our anesthesia providers can help you understand safe and effective methods for minimizing your pain after surgery and other procedures. To ease your mind, you may want to ask your anesthesia 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 anesthesia providers

MedStar Medical Group Anesthesiology provides leading consultative and interventional pain management services for acute, chronic, cancer-related, and postoperative pain close to where you live and work in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. regions. When you receive acute pain management care at a MedStar facility, you can expect your anesthesia team to work together to develop a postoperative pain management plan that results in:

  • Earlier mobilization
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced risk of cardiac or respiratory complications

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

Pain management rehabilitation services

Pain Management Rehabilitation services offer chronic pain sufferers a multidisciplinary approach to pain control that is tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Typically, patients have lived with chronic pain for a number of years and have been treated and medicated by several physicians. Many have become dependent on medications and have acquired a constellation of disabling symptoms that are eroding the quality of their lives.

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 experienced pain management rehabilitation services staff

The Pain Management program’s highly trained physicians are board-certified in physiatry or pain management. Unlike other facilities, the pain management program’s medical and therapeutic teams draw on the vast resources and expertise of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, and The Center for Pain Management. They lead multidisciplinary teams of specialists in diagnosing and treating patients with an individualized, practical course of intervention that has been demonstrated to be clinically effective and efficient. An optimal treatment plan is created for each patient at the initial evaluation. Depending on the patient’s needs and the referral, a multidisciplinary approach may be used, taking full advantage of the center’s experienced staff. The treatment plan may include medical and pharmacological intervention, along with a series of neural blockades, followed by intense physical therapy and combined with cognitive and behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and acupuncture.

Our locations

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

9000 Franklin Square Dr
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Harbor Hospital

3001 S. Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

18101 Prince Philip Dr.
Olney, MD 20832

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

7503 Surratts Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital

25500 Point Lookout Rd.
Leonardtown, MD 20650

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20007

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

MedStar Surgery Center

1133 21st St., NW
10th Floor Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036

MedStar Health: Medical Center at Brandywine

13950 Brandywine Rd.
Brandywine, MD 20613

Additional information

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Our team is here to guide you, making sure you understand your anesthesia options every step of the way.

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