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Pain Management

At HSHS St. Elizabeth's Interventional Pain Management Center, our goal is to decrease pain, as well as to increase daily activities, to enhance the quality of each patient's life.

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A physician's referral is required for treatment at our Pain Management Center. If you are living with pain and would like to seek help, talk to your doctor about your concerns.

What to Expect

Once referred to our center by a physician, patients of our Interventional Pain Management Center receive an evaluation, a diagnosis and a treatment plan in which each patient is an active participant. Our colleagues are committed to the complete non-surgical and minimally invasive management of pain syndromes. Available services include: 

  • Major joint injections (shoulder, hip, knee, elbow)
  • Nerve Block Injections
  • SI Joint Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Transforaminal / Facet
  • Rhizotomy Ablation
  • Discogram
  • Cervical / Thoracic / Lumbar Epidurals
  • Sympathetic Blocks
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Spinal cord stimulation therapy

Spinal cord simulator trials (SCS) will be offered at St. Elizabeth’s for patients meeting appropriate health qualifications. 

SCS is a technology that helps to manage chronic pain when the cause cannot be repaired. Patients suffering from neuropathy, pain not relieved after back surgery, failed injection procedures and many other pain-related issues could benefit from SCS. 

The stimulation device consists of a wire, or "electrode," connected to a control unit and disrupts the nerve signals so they do not reach the brain. One or two wires are placed outside the spinal cord and a unit outside of the body controls a mild electrical pulse that usually is not felt. The external component is kept in place for a period of time so the patient can assess how well the stimulation is decreasing their pain. 

The pulses mask the pain signal and can be adjusted to get the greatest improvement and relief from the pain.

A physician's referral is required for SCS and other treatments at St. Elizabeth’s Interventional Pain Management Center. For more information on this new technology or other available services, call 618-234-2120, ext. 32847.

New Patient Questionnaire

Once scheduled for an appointment at St. Elizabeth's Interventional Pain Management Center, please download and print the New Patient Questionnaire. Please complete this form and bring it to the first appointment. Questions about this form may either be asked during the appointment reminder phone call, which typically takes place one day before your scheduled appointment, or at the first appointment.