General Pain

Cancer Related Pain

In a battle with cancer, pain will likely occur. And because of the pain and the depressive state that often is present, working together on a treatment plan specifically for cancer-related pain is vitally important. Pain is often present due to the cancer or tumor itself but can often appear as a result of the necessary cancer treatments including radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and others. A nerve block or a prescribed pain reliever are options that your physician can discuss with you in order to bring you relief so that you can focus more fully on recovery.

Failed Back

In an ideal world, spine surgery will eliminate the severe pain caused by compressed nerves or an unstable joint. However, after spine surgery, continued pain is more common than most people realize, with the original pain continuing after the spine surgery. When patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) come to PCA, we consult based on the whole back pain history and come to a treatment plan intended to provide relief without additional surgery. A consultation with a PCA physician will determine the most appropriate treatment, ranging from physical therapy to an interventional procedure.

Postherpetic Neuralgia

Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN) is nerve pain, often debilitating, that is associated with the aftermath of Shingles caused by the chickenpox virus. PHN may occur in the areas where the shingles rash and blisters appeared even after they have disappeared. The pain can last for years with severe effects on daily living and emotional and psychological health. PCA can develop a treatment plan with you to alleviate the pain and help you resume your normal activities again. A consultation with a PCA physician will determine the most appropriate treatment.

Cervicogenic Headaches

While a cervicogenic headache is often a steady, non-throbbing pain at the back and base of the skull or sometimes behind the brow and the forehead, it actually is due to a problem in the cervical spine. The pain may extend down into the neck and between the shoulder blades. There are several reasons for a cervicogenic headache including a damaged disk, cervical osteoarthritis (spondylosis), or whiplash. Ultimately, the cause of a cervicogenic headache is usually related to excessive stress to the neck. Treatment for cervicogenic headache should target the cause of the pain in the neck and vary based on the individual patient. Treatment options may include nerve blocks, medications and physical therapy, and exercise. A consultation with a PCA physician will determine the most appropriate treatment.