NY – Pain and Headache Treatment Center


Pain and Headache Treatment Center
1554 Northern Blvd. – 4th Floor
Manhasset, NY 11030
One in five Americans suffers from some form of chronic pain. Generally, pain is viewed as a symptom of underlying disease that will end after healing takes place. But, when pain does not subside, quality of life may become diminished by conditions such as: headache, migraine, low back pain, sciatica, facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, post-surgical pain, shingles, nerve injuries, myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, cancer pain, carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive stress injury.

Traditional medical interventions may fail to remedy the problem because the pain has “taken on a life of its own.” Often in desperation, sufferers look for relief from many sources, a process that may be frustrating as well as costly.
The Pain and Headache Treatment Center of Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ) is a collaborative program of the departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine. Both the body and mind must be taken into consideration for treatment to be effective. This is why the Pain and Headache Treatment Center has a multi-disciplinary team that includes:

* Anesthesiologists
* Dental and Facial Pain Specialists
* Neurologists
* Nurses
* Orthopaedic Surgeons
* Physiatrists
* Physical Therapists
* Psychologists

The Pain and Headache Treatment Center offers a full range of treatments, all under one roof, in a comfortable and attractive setting. Our Board Certified specialists have years of experience in caring for individuals with all types of pain problems. A nurse coordinator acts as liaison and our trained staff helps patients with coordination of appointments, scheduling and assistance with insurance coverage.

The process begins with a comprehensive evaluation so that patients can receive the most effective treatment or combination of treatments. This includes a review of the patient’s medical records and tests. Individual treatment programs are then structured. Weekly staff meetings are held to discuss and review progress.

* Patients who have not responded to initial medical interventions aimed at their pain
* Patients with pain conditions that may respond to nerve block procedures: conditions such as acute back pain, sciatica, shingles, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD or CRPS), myofascial pain or neck and arm pain
* Patients with pain that cannot be attributed to a clear cause
* Patients who want to learn more effective coping strategies for managing their pain
* Patients whose personal physicians would like a second opinion or additional treatment suggestions
* Patients who desire a comprehensive and coordinated treatment program

The best treatment for pain is to eliminate the underlying cause. Sometimes this is not possible and treatment must concentrate on the symptom and its effects. A customized plan helps each patient learn to utilize medications more effectively and practice techniques that can increase coping skills and promote a return to a more normal lifestyle. The goal of our multi-disciplinary approach is to:

* Manage the pain through medication trials and/or nerve block procedures
* Strengthen the body with a wide variety of physical rehabilitation techniques
* Empower the patient’s spirit with psychological help for dealing with the devastating consequences of chronic pain

Medication Trials
Many medications are available for the treatment of pain. We have the expertise to employ many types of medications safely and efficaciously, paying great attention to individual sensitivity and responses.

Anesthetic Nerve Blocks and Other Procedures
Experienced anesthesiologists can perform nerve blocks and use steroid injections to interrupt pain transmission and reduce inflammation. Some pain syndromes such as RSD, shingles pain, radiculopathy (sciatica and other nerve compressions), nerve entrapment, joint pain and myofascial (muscular) pains may respond to these blocks. Neurolysis or permanent nerve blocks can also be performed to treat some chronic pains.

Physiatrists and physical and/or occupational therapists tailor programs, including hydrotherapy, massage and electrical nerve stimulation, to meet the conditioning and strengthening needs of individual patients.

Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine
The mind and body are intimately linked in pain. The psychological impact of pain may overwhelm the mind’s ability to deal with it. Our approach is to empower patients to take control of the pain through biofeedback, relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy and behavioral modification.

Trigger Point Therapy
Local muscle spasms sometimes cause severe regional pain. Long-lasting relief can be achieved by simple techniques such as massage/release or trigger point injections into these area. Post-traumatic injuries, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia are some of the syndromes treated in these ways.

Orofacial Pain Treatment
Specialized treatments are available for trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), phantom tooth pain, mouth and facial pain. Dental and orofacial pain experts use medication, nerve or muscle injections, occlusal splints or surgical procedures to treat these conditions.

Additional Therapies

* Acupuncture
* Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

In addition to the core team, the Pain and Headache Treatment Center draws from the vast resources of the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health Systems. As an academic institution affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, LIJ is dedicated to the integration of clinical services, teaching professional staff and remaining at the forefront of research. These commitments help ensure that our program provides the best and most up-to-date services.
The LIJ Pain and Headache Treatment Center is an LIJ-based private practice facility. Our physicians participate in a number of managed health care programs. As specialists in job-related injuries, our health professionals work with patients to obtain authorization for treatment from Worker’s Compensation or private insurance carriers. For added convenience, credit cards are accepted.

To Make An Appointment Telephone
516 719-PAIN (7246)
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm
The Pain and Headache Treatment Center is located on the fourth floor of LIJ’s Manhasset Ambulatory Pavilion, 1554 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030.

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