Pain Management

NWH is dedicated to ensuring the comfort of our patients through programs that focus on managing pain. The practice of pain medicine includes:

  • Board-certified, fellowship-trained pain specialists in the fields of anesthesiology and physical medicine/rehabilitation;
  • the availability of board-certified radiation oncologists to provide state-of-the-art palliative radiation therapy for inpatients and outpatients; and
  • the availability of licensed acupuncturists.

How to Begin the Pain Management Process

Call for an Appointment: 914.242.8150

An individual or a physician can call to make an appointment for an initial consultation. Before the consultation, the patient will receive a call from the Pain Management Dept. Preliminary questions about the individual’s pain complaint will be asked. If available in advance of the visit, copies of the patient’s medical records will be obtained.

Initial Consultation and Diagnosis

A comprehensive evaluation will be performed by a fellowship-trained board-certified Anesthesiologist, who specializes in the treatment of pain disorders. The evaluation process usually includes a detailed medical history and physical examination. In order to determine the diagnosis of the pain complaint, it may be necessary to run diagnostic tests, including neurological, laboratory, radiological, physiological, and behavioral assessment examinations.

Treatment

After discussing the diagnosis with the patient, the Pain Management Physician will discuss treatment options. Depending upon the patient’s individualized plan, treatment will begin. The referring physician will be informed of the progress of each patient.

Follow-Up Visit

Together, the patient and the Pain Management team will evaluate the success of treatment. Modifications to the treatment plan will be made according to success.

Return to Your Primary Care Physician

Once the patient has completed their treatment program, you will be returned to the care of your referring or primary care physician.

New Approach to Pain

The pain and suffering that can debilitate one’s life and leave individuals physically and emotionally exhausted, no longer needs to be tolerated. The Pain Management Department at Northern Westchester Hospital brings the expertise of a specialty-trained physician in managing pain through new treatment modalities and advanced technologies. Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain through a multidisciplinary approach makes pain-medicine today a reality.

Goals

The goal is to provide safe, successful, cost-effective treatment that uses the latest technologies so that patients can return to pain-free, normal, productive lives.

Commonly Treated Pain Syndromes:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain (Myofascial)
  • Back Pain, Sciatica and Radiculopathy
  • Facet Pain and Spinal Stenosis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Sacroiliac Pain
  • Head and Neck Pain
  • Shingles Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
  • Causalgia
  • Vascular Insufficiency Pain
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Neuropathies
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Post Trauma Pain
  • Rib Fracture Pain
  • Motor Vehicle and Work Related Injuries
  • Treatment Modalities

The following techniques for pain relief are offered:

  • Epidural Blocks
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nerve Blocks
  • Ganglion and Plexus Blocks
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Hypogastric Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Myofascial Blocks
  • (Trigger Point Injections)
  • Continuous Epidural Infusion Techniques
  • Continuous Subarachnoid Infusion Therapy
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
  • Neurolytic Sympathetic Blocks
  • Radiofrequency
  • Myeloscopy and Lysis of Epidural Adhesions
  • Implantable, Programmable Pumps
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Medication Management
  • Physical Therapy

Dr. Giovanni Angelino is Director of Pain Management: 914.242.8150

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