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Center for Pain Management offers state-of-the-art relief

 

Pain management specialists Jawad Rashid, MD, and Richard Zhu, MD
Pain management specialists Jawad Rashid, MD, and Richard Zhu, MD, wear protective vests when administering certain treatments.

 

Much has changed in the 25 years since the Greenwich Hospital Center for Pain Management opened its doors. The outdated notion that individuals must endure pain has given way to innovative and safe techniques that provide relief.

Located at 55 Holly Hill Lane in Greenwich, the center’s medical team of pain management physicians, a nurse practitioner, radiology technicians and nurses employ a wide variety of therapies. Among the offerings:

Medication management

The center has expanded services to assist with chronic pain medication management. The COVID-19 pandemic – along with causing stress and anxiety – has also increased the rate of opioid overdose deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The Center for Pain Management can be a great resource to safely manage and prescribe medications for patients with chronic pain, and adjust doses to safe levels,” said Richard Zhu, MD, a pain management specialist.

A team approach

Chronic pain sufferers are at greater risk of experiencing increased pain during the pandemic, given the interplay between pain, anxiety and depression, according to Dr. Zhu. The center is located in the same building as Behavioral Health, which includes psychologists who can assist with pain, mood disorders and weight management. “This allows patients to consolidate appointments and be part of a team that works closely together to improve their patients’ lives,” he said.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a noninvasive treatment for back and neck pain in which heat generated by radio waves can target specific nerves and temporarily turn off their ability to send pain signals. The center has cutting-edge RFA procedures using the Stryker Venom cannula system, with an improved design that leads to longer-lasting relief compared to previous models.

Spinal cord stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a well-established therapy for chronic back and nerve pain when other treatments no longer offer effective relief. Spinal cord stimulators – small devices implanted under the skin using a minimally invasive procedure – continuously deliver gentle electronic currents to the spine to block pain signals to the brain.

Nerve blocks

A variety of new ultrasound-guided nerve blocks can be used to treat cancer-related and post-surgical pain, including post-mastectomy pain, post-thoracotomy pain and pelvic pain. These can be performed fairly quickly as outpatient office procedures. Additional ultrasound-guided procedures can be performed for uncommon, debilitating nerve pain of the head and neck, including trigeminal neuralgia, cluster headache, occipital neuralgia and atypical facial pain.