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Published on November 14, 2013

Crozer-Keystone Introduces Comprehensive Outpatient Pain Management Centers


In Brief

  • Crozer-Keystone Health System has teamed up with the Interventional Pain Management physician practice to provide even better and more accessible care for people who are struggling with chronic pain.
  • Comprehensive pain management services are now being provided through outpatient centers at Brinton Lake and Crozer-Chester Medical Center headed by board-certified physicians.
  • A multidisciplinary team cares for patients with chronic pain, specifically those suffering from back problems and neuropathic pain syndromes.
  • Physicians perform epidural steroid injections, facet and sacroiliac joint injections, lumbar discography, spinal cord stimulation and nerve blocks using FDA-approved medications.
  • Other treatment options include rehabilitation, medication management, surgery and pain psychology.

Crozer-Keystone Health System has teamed up with the Interventional Pain Management physician practice to provide even better and more accessible care for people who are struggling with chronic pain.

Comprehensive pain management services are now being provided through outpatient centers in Glen Mills and Upland headed by board-certified physicians Catherine DiGregorio, M.D., Pamela Hale, M.D. and Sherry Jose, M.D.

  • Catherine DiGregorio, M.D.
  • Pamela Hale, M.D.
  • Sherry Jose, M.D.

The most recent outpatient facility to open is the Comprehensive Pain Management Center at Brinton Lake, located in Suite 120 in the Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake, 300 Evergreen Dr. in Glen Mills. The other outpatient center, the Comprehensive Pain Management Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, is located on the lower level of the medical center in Upland.

Chronic Pain has Many Facets

 

The primary focus of both centers is to help patients achieve pain relief using a multidisciplinary approach backed by skilled specialists in the Crozer-Keystone Health System. 

“Chronic pain is often a multi-faceted problem that requires input from more than one specialist,” explains DiGregorio, who along with her physician partners is fellowship-trained in pain management.

“To provide the best and most comprehensive care for our patients, we regularly confer with each other, and there is collaboration among multiple doctors and care providers,” DiGregorio says.  “In addition to supporting better and more comprehensive patient care, this kind of collaboration facilitates more timely appointments and ultimately faster relief for our patients.”

Within the two outpatient facilities, DiGregorio, Hale and Jose work closely with physiatrist Brian Murphy, M.D., and are supported by a psychologist and a dedicated team of physician assistants and registered nurses. Also, through the partnership with CKHS, their patients have access to an experienced team of anesthesiologists, rehabilitation specialists, surgeons, psychiatrists and behavioral health specialists, and other care providers, should additional support be needed.

Treating Back Problems and Neuropathic Pain

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the team cares for patients with chronic pain, specifically those suffering from back problems and neuropathic pain syndromes. With the use of state-of-the art technology and X-ray guidance, the physicians perform the following procedures using safe, FDA-approved medications:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Lumbar discography
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Nerve blocks

Other treatment options may include:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Medication management
  • Surgery
  • Pain psychology

Typically, pain that lasts longer than six weeks is considered chronic pain and should be evaluated by a physician, DiGregorio says.

Electromyograms, or EMGs, which help to identify problems in the muscles and nerves, are available at both outpatient sites to diagnose patients’ pain and help determine the best alternatives for treatment.

“After the evaluation is complete, we focus on education and goal setting, and discuss the different options patients have to achieve the highest quality of life possible,” DiGregorio says.

“When patients come in, they have commented on the ‘good feeing’ they get when they are here,” says Hale, one of the physician partners. “They can tell that we all enjoy each other and work well together. We’re all here for the same purpose — to help our patients — and we do our best to create a warm and friendly atmosphere.”

Especially for patients who are dealing with chronic pain, making them feel comfortable and letting them know that they are respected and cared for is important, the partner physicians agree.

“We really are empathetic to what they are going through,” Hale says.

For more information and to request an appointment at either of the comprehensive pain management centers, call 610-558-2770 or 610-619-7360.

 

 

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