An estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. In the U.S. alone, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different because it persists, with pain signals firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years.
Chronic pain may result from an initial mishap—a sprained back, for example—or from an ongoing condition such as arthritis or cancer. Some people, however, suffer chronic pain even in the absence of any past injury or illness.
Pain’s effects can range from a nagging discomfort to a debilitating and life-altering experience. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, and neurogenic pain—pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself.
The Pain Institute at University of Miami Hospital
University of Miami Hospital provides comprehensive, compassionate, multidisciplinary care to patients suffering from acute and chronic pain syndromes.
At The Pain Institute at University of Miami Hospital, patients with pain from any of a variety of sources can receive an independent medical evaluation, a multidisciplinary analysis of their pain syndrome, and a course of treatment catered to their individual needs.
The specially trained health care professionals at the Pain Institute combine the disciplines of physical medicine and rehabilitation and interventional pain management to offer a unique, comprehensive approach to treating pain conditions.
Conditions Treated at The Pain Institute:
Our multidisciplinary approach offers relief to patients suffering from conditions including:
- Accident-related injury
- Arthritis and painful joint syndromes
- Back, neck, head, and facial (dental) pain
- Cancer pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic abdominal and pelvic pain
- Diabetes pain
- Discogenic pain
- Foot, leg, and hand pain
The highly skilled health care professionals at The Pain Institute will develop a treatment program that is cost-efficient, thorough, and designed for your individual needs in order to achieve the most optimal level of functionality. Treatment methods may include a combination of the following:
- Acupuncture, relaxation and meditation
- Anesthetic nerve block
- Aqua therapy
- Cognitive or behavioral therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Joint injections
- Medications (pills, patches, suppositories, or injections)
- Minimally-invasive procedures
- Physical therapy
- Radiofrequency treatments
Your visit to The Pain Institute begins with a complete medical history review and physical examination. Your evaluation may also require diagnostic testing such as radiologic exams, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic nerve blocks, and discograms, as well as psychological evaluations. Being located at University of Miami Hospital, The Pain Institute offers easy access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies onsite.