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Interventional Pain Center

pain management treatment with a multi-disciplinary approach

The Interventional Pain program at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is a welcome alternative for individuals who have exhausted traditional treatment methods. This multidisciplinary program combines interventional treatments, physical and occupational rehab, complementary and alternative methods such as massage therapy.

This program is under medical direction of J. Nnaemeka Onwuta, MD. pain management specialist.

Today’s highly advanced interventional pain management technology offers many ways to treat the pain that does not involve a life reliant on medications. 

What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is persistent pain that lasts longer than three months or beyond the expected period of healing and is not relieved by standard medical management.  Often with chronic pain, lifestyles can be restricted or even impossible.  Chronic pain can be anything from the dull pain related to headaches to pain that originated with trauma to the neck or back from an old sports injury or accident.  The physical effects can include tense muscles, limited mobility, a change in appetite and an overall lack of energy. Prolonged physical effects can lead to emotional issues such as depression, anger and anxiety.

Where should you begin?
Relieving, reducing or managing your pain starts with your primary care physician.  Your doctor will begin by looking at the root cause of your problem and, in many cases, refer you to a pain management specialist who will work in collaboration with you and your primary care physician to develop a treatment plan.

What is a Pain Management Specialist?
A Pain Management Specialist is a doctor board certified in pain management and frequently also board certified in additional disciplines such as anesthesiology, neurology or physical medicine and rehab. 

How is a Treatment Plan Developed?
The pain management specialist begins by performing a physical exam and thorough evaluation of your medical history.  This may involve a series of diagnostic tests to rule out other conditions that present similar symptoms.  Based on the results, the pain management specialist will develop a treatment plan to help reduce your pain and regain control of your life.

Key to Success
While a pain management treatment plan involves a multidisciplinary approach, the key to successful treatment is the patient. Without patient cooperation and openness to new treatment methods, successful outcomes cannot be achieved.

Types of Conditions Treated

  • burning and/or shooting pain involving arms and/or legs
  • cancer pain
  • degenerative disc disease
  • fibromyalgia
  • headaches
  • myofacial pain

Treatments Offered

  • Cancer pain management
  • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar facet blocks
  • Discography
  • Epidural injections
  • Fracture augmentation procedures
  • Implantable drug pumps
  • Intradiscal procedures
  • Intrathecal delivery systems
  • Intrathecal pumps
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Radiofrequency of medial branches and peripheral nerves
  • SI joint injection
  • Spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulator implantation
  • Spinal cord stimulation trials and implantation
  • Spinal injections
  • Trigger point injections

Physician Referral
A referral from your primary care physician is encouraged before participating in the program.  Insurance coverage will be verified by our staff if any procedures are needed. Most insurances are accepted.


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