Chronic pain affects nearly one in five Canadians. It’s a disabling problem, often involving physical, psychological, social and occupational factors.
St. Joseph’s Pain Management Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital sees more than 5,000 patient visits each year for a wide variety of problems, including musculoskeletal complaints, neuropathic pain syndromes and chronic abdominal pain.
Our multidisciplinary team of anesthesiologists, physiatrists, neurologists, psychologist pharmacists and nurses use their skills and expertise to provide assessment and treatment for people with chronic, non-cancer pain.
Our goal is to develop a treatment program patients can follow with the help of their family doctor.
St. Joseph’s Pain Management Program is a teaching program affiliated with The University of Western Ontario, providing training for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and physiotherapists.
What we do
The outpatient Pain Management Clinic provides diagnosis and treatment for adults who have experienced persistent non-cancer-related pain for more than six months. Examples of common conditions seen at the clinic include back pain, neck pain, arthritis, neuropathic (nerve) pain, and pelvic pain.
One of our areas of clinical expertise, and research, is neuropathic pain including conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, post-herpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and post-surgical nerve pain. Another focus is interventional treatment of chronic back pain including epidural steroids, nerve root injections, and radiofrequency denervation of facet joints, often responsible for chronic neck and back pain.
As a teaching hospital, patients may have residents or students as part of their care team.
- Nerve blocks with ultrasound or X-ray guidance
- Intravenous Infusions
- Radiofrequency nerve ablation to treat neck and back pain
- Rehabilitation and exercise plans
- Patient education
Goals of treatment
It may not be possible to cure the underlying reason for the chronic pain but through a combination of treatments the patient's quality of life and functioning may be improved significantly. For each patient, an individualized treatment plan is created that will be co-managed by the family doctor. Our goal is to return patients to the care of their family doctor in their community once this plan of care has been determined. We also partner with several community clinics in and around London to whom we may transfer care.
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