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Lawrence Rapp, MD
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Neurosurgeon
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THE FACTS ABOUT Chronic Pain Management Restores Patients' Lives

Background

Chronic pain affects more Americans than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.  At its most severe, it robs individuals of their productivity and livelihood. At St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, we have a multidisciplinary pain management team to help our patients return back to a more normal life and resume their routine daily activities. As part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain, we have numerous options available to help bring safe and effective relief to those who suffer from chronic pain. 

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Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is oftentimes used to strengthen the muscles, which act as a support structure for the spine. It also helps to improve the range of motion and increase the ability to function in spite of the pain.

 

Injection Therapy – Injection therapy is typically performed by an anesthesia pain specialist. Oftentimes the injection will consist of a combination of a long-acting local anesthetic and a steroid. This can be injected into the epidural space (the space around the sac that holds the nerves) or into the area of the joints for the individual segments in the spine. This helps to decrease pain of inflammatory origin.

 

Pain Control Devices – Pain control devices are implantable devices completely under the skin that help manage pain of chronic origin, which is unresponsive to more standard or routine approaches. These include the spinal cord stimulator, which stimulates the back part of the spinal cord and prevents the brain from concentrating on pain signals. The other implantable pain control device is the intrathecal pump, which allows for the medication to be administered by controlled drops directly into the spinal fluid, which can markedly reduce the dose of the medication needed/required while, at the same time, allowing it to be much more effective.

 

 

 

Surgery – when conservative treatment fails, surgery of the spinal column can address issues such as ruptured disk, deformity, instability or pain from severe degeneration of the motion segments of the spine.

 

Referral

Please contact the physician referral line at 800.372.6094 to find a SJMO neurosurgeon near you.

 

 

 

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