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Looking Holistically at Pain Management

 

Sagar Parikh DrThe need for an all-inclusive approach to pain management has led JFK Medical Center to offer a full suite of interventional and comprehensive pain management services at JFK's Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI). Dr. Sagar Parikh, a board-certified interventional pain medicine specialist will help to answer some of your questions on pain management.

Q:    What is a Pain Management program?

A:    The JFK Pain Management program treats an array of conditions, including lower back pain, neck pain, arthritic joint pain, pain related to nerve impingement or inflammation (such as sciatica) and other pain syndromes.  In addition, we treat a wide assortment of nerve-related pain syndromes as well as chronic pain.

Q:    Why did JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute set up a Pain Management program?

A:    In the past several years, we’ve seen a steady increase in the need for truly comprehensive pain management.  Many facilities provide acute pain management services but only a few offer a wide spectrum of services including chronic and complementary pain management.

Q:    What is your fundamental approach to Pain Management?

A:    It all starts with taking the time to make an accurate diagnosis of the real problem at hand.  It can be a time-consuming process – reviewing the patient history, doing a physical exam, and conducting necessary imaging studies – but only an accurate diagnosis can lead to the development of the right treatment plan. 

Q:    What treatments are involved with pain management?

A:    Treatments for pain management encompass a wide spectrum including physical therapy, medication management, and a variety of interventional procedures. These procedures include but are not limited to: epidural injections, facet joint blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic nerve blocks, ultrasound-guided joint injections, myofascial trigger points, spinal cord stimulator Implants, and radio frequency ablation.  We can also supplement this with acupuncture and pain psychology.  

Q:    Beyond pain management treatments, what distinguishes JRI’s approach?

A:    Many facilities offer pain-relieving procedures, however we at JFK like to treat the patient holistically (using a combination of exercise, diagnostic testing, procedures, and care coordination) and focus on a patient’s function first.