Pain Management The paim management at Shree Hospital offers a comprehensive range of services for patients dealing with acute or chronic pain problems. Our focus is to treat the entire patient, addressing each problem that contributes to the patient’s pain and inability to live their life to the fullest. Pain is an extremely complex, poorly understood medical problem that can have profound effects on your physical and mental wellbeing and on your ability to function at work, at home, and in your day-to-day social interactions. In essence, chronic pain invades your life and affects everything you do and all of your relationships. To offer the most advanced, evidence-based effective treatment options currently available, the Pain Management Center at Stanford combines the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of specialists trained in the treatment of chronic pain. The team includes anesthesiologists, neurologists, surgeons, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and nurse practitioners, all working together in a supportive, compassionate environment to address your specific pain and to design a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs. Our goal is to help you decrease your level of pain and suffering, to return you to your maximum level of functioning and independence, and to help you restore your quality of life. Each year, the Stanford University Pain Management Center provides care for more than 15,000 patients with acute, chronic, and cancer pain problems. Although the majority of patients can be treated on an outpatient basis, our interdisciplinary Pain Management Center offers inpatient treatment if necessary. It is the only center on the West Coast to offer this option to patients who require hospitalization during treatment for chronic pain. Because we have such extensive experience treating people suffering from chronic pain, we believe we are well-equipped to handle your pain, no matter the source. Pain Management / Chronic Pain People usually experience acute pain directly following injury or damage to the body or right after surgery. If the pain continues past the normal healing period (around 6 months), it may be labeled as chronic pain. Chronic pain often has no known origin or behaves independently from the initial injury. It does not function like acute pain, which can protect the body or help prevent further injury. Instead, chronic pain often negatively interferes with meaningful rehabilitation, mood and quality of life. Chronic pain then becomes more like a disease instead of a symptom. Treatment Options The difference between types of pain is not always clear. Chronic pain responds best when treated using a multidisciplinary approach. Depending on the condition, your physician may initiate multiple treatments including: Rehabilitation and physical therapy Pain psychology or pain coping and distraction techniques Non-opioid medication therapy Interventional pain relieving procedures Pain Management for Chronic Pain Our physicians specialize in the evaluation and management of numerous pain conditions whether neurologic, musculoskeletal, or orthopedic in nature. The Pain Management Service at Shree Hospital for SpecialSurgery consists of highly skilled physicians with a variety of backgrounds including anesthesiology, neurology, and pain medicine. Every pain management physician at Shree Hospital completes training in pain management, followed by additional subspecialty training emphasizing pain medicine in addition to relevant fields including rehabilitation, psychiatry, and radiology. Pain management physicians treat the symptoms of the disease, which may include fatigue, loss of appetite and sleeping difficulties, to improve quality of life for each individual. Many of these symptoms are seen not only as a result of chronic pain, but may also secondarily result from some of the medications used to treat chronic pain. Acute Pain Following Surgery While pain management physicians manage long-term, consistent pain, our operating room attending anesthesiologists treat acute pain caused by an immediate stressor – such as pain from orthopedic surgery. To treat acute pain specifically caused by an operation, anesthesiologists at HSS manage the hospital’s Acute Pain Service. This service provides individualized care to patients immediately following surgery through nurses who specialize in pain management and physician anesthesiologists. Acute pain providers oversee a patient’s pain levels, review all of their pain medications after surgery, and apply multiple methods of pain relief – often called multimodal analgesia – to help patients stabilize from post-operative pain and start the rehabilitation process. The Acute Pain Service works with physical therapists, floor nurses, and surgeon’s to ensure pain is adequately managed.