Pain Treatment Clinic

Types of Pain

Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. It can last for moments or months and can disappear as quickly as it appeared. It can be caused by a variety of circumstances including:

  • Surgery
  • Broken bones
  • Dental work
  • Burns or cuts
  • Labor and childbirth

Acute pain may be mild and last just a moment, or it may be severe and last for weeks or months.

Chronic pain occurs when pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years, even after the original injury has healed. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Common chronic pain complaints include:

  • Headache
  • Low back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to nerves)
  • Psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside)

Pain Treatment Clinic at Research Medical Center

Our Pain Management physicians are ready to help you deal with your pain, whatever form it may take. Their focus is on identifying the source of pain and creating a care plan to address each patient’s specific issues. Research Medical Center's pain management specialists include Steven Charapata, MD, George Edwards, MD, Thomas Laughlin, MD, and Cheryl Muro ANP-BC, BSN.

Pain Management Services

Our physicians and nurse practitioners provide a wide spectrum of services including:

  • Nucleoplasty
  • Percutaneous disc decompression
  • Diagnostic discography
  • Epidural neuroplasty
  • Percutaneous vertebroplasty
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Facet Joint infections
  • Sacroiliac, shoulder, knee and ankle joint injections
  • Botox and trigger point injections
  • Brachial Plexus blocks
  • Epidural Spinal injections
  • Implantable infusion pumps and refills
  • Medication management for Opioid tolerant patients
  • Independent medical evaluation for second opinions
  • Treatment for Workers Compensation related injuries

To refer a patient or to schedule a pain management consultation, please call the Pain Treatment Clinic at Research Medical Center at (816) 276-7094.