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Pain Management Center

at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions About the Pain Management Center

For frequently asked questions about specific procedures, please visit the Pain Management Center's For Patients section.

What kind of pain do you treat?

We treat many kinds of pain, including lower back pain, neck pain, musculoskeletal pain syndromes, joint pain, headaches, facial pain, spinal pain syndromes, complex regional pain syndromes (RSD), shingles and post herpetic neuralgia, post surgical pain, cancer pain and fibromyalgia.

How do we treat pain?

We use a multispecialty approach to treat pain, which may include steroid injections, various nerve blocks, infusions, synvisc injections, Botox and radiofrequency. Other specialties commonly incorporated into treatment plans include physical therapy, aqua therapy, massage therapy, psychological therapy, stress management, acupuncture, coping skills, biofeedback or hypnosis.

How long is a visit?

Your visit may last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

Where are the procedures done?

All procedures are done within the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital. Fluoroscopy is available within the clinic for those procedures that require the use of x-ray. All procedures are done by our physicians who are board certified in anesthesia as well as pain management, and patients have complete cardiovascular monitoring during procedures. Sedation is also available during procedures if needed.

What medication are you injecting?

You will receive a local anesthetic/numbing medication mixed with a steroid. Steroids are helpful in reducing inflammation and swelling to help reduce pain.

How many injections do I need?

There is no specific number of injections. Treatment is individualized for each patient. It also depends on your specific condition, overall health and response to the injection.

How soon can I expect relief?

The relief of pain varies according to each individual's condition and procedure. The relief is rarely immediate and it may take a few days up to a few weeks until you begin to feel relief.

How do I make an appointment for the Pain Management Center?

In order to be seen at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital's Pain Management Center, you will need a referral from a physician. As soon as we have a referral, we will call to arrange an initial appointment.

What about cost?

Most health insurance plans are accepted, However, if you have any questions regarding insurance coverage, please call the Precertification Department at 617-983-7399.

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