Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Pain Management
When you experience pain, it can interfere with how you function in your everyday life. At Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), our goal is to find the causes of your pain and relieve or eliminate it. Our approach to care can help you get back to your regular activities and enjoy a healthy quality of life.
Pain can be acute (sudden) or chronic (long lasting). Acute pain usually indicates an injury or disease. Chronic pain may be related to an ongoing medical condition, or its cause may be unknown.
Chronic pain conditions treated
Our PM&R physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and other rehabilitation professionals treat and manage both acute and chronic pain. Some common chronic pain problems include pain related to:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Spine or spinal cord
- Vertebral compression fracture
How we can help
Pain can affect all areas of your life, making even simple activities difficult. PM&R physiatrists at Penn State Health bring a team approach to pain management. We help with medical, rehabilitation and mind-body issues.
Depending on your symptoms and causes of pain, PM&R physiatrists may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
- Physical and occupational therapy to improve mobility and reduce inflammation
- Medications including oral or injected steroids, anesthetics and anti-inflammatories
- Nerve blocks that involve anesthetic injections into specific networks of nerves
- Cognitive behavioral therapy to help counsel patients to cope with pain and illness through positive thoughts and actions
- Complementary alternative methods including:
- Acupuncture: Insertion of needles in specific areas of the body
- Biofeedback: Technique for controlling the body's functions