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Pain medicine

Geisinger helps patients relieve, manage and prevent chronic pain from conditions and injuries. Pain affects all aspect of a person’s life. We aim to treat you comprehensively and get you back on track in all aspects of your life.

Our pain management team uses different procedures and treatments to help people manage pain. We have a dedicated pain management clinic, as well as a comprehensive program that lets people lessen their dependence on opioids (narcotics). We focus on the whole person and provide personalized education and coaching to get you back to the things you love. Geisinger patients can visit pain clinics at our five different locations: Geisinger Community Medical Center (Scranton), Geisinger Lewistown HospitalGeisinger South Wilkes BarreGray's Woods (State College) and Geisinger Woodbine Lane (Danville).

Why choose Geisinger for pain medicine?

  • Highly skilled providers: Geisinger’s fellowship-trained pain medicine doctors have extra, specialized training beyond what is required. Our interventional pain providers utilize a comprehensive care approach that sets us apart from other pain clinics. We make a noticeable difference for our patients living with pain, even if we cannot eliminate it completely.
  • Committed to reducing the use of opioids: Programs like the Multidisciplinary Pain Program spend more time identifying alternative treatments for relieving and managing pain. This includes a more active approach, and not relying solely on medications. System wide, Geisinger has been able to reduce opioid usage for patients by about 20 percent. Geisinger has a team of clinical pharmacists trained in managing narcotic medications, and by working with them, pain medicine doctors can spend more time identifying alternative approaches for relieving and managing pain.
  • Innovation and research: We use a scientist/clinician multidisciplinary partnership that facilitates research in discovering new and innovative technologies and treatments. These improve outcomes for the patients living with pain. Our research focuses on projects that will have a direct impact on patient care when paired with genetic research and clinical innovations.

Community partnership

Community engagement is important to the future of healthcare. We offer opportunities for you to learn, lead and connect with others.

Chronic pain support group meetings:

Geisinger's pain management support group provides support and education in basic pain management and life skills. We welcome anyone living with chronic pain to openly share common experiences and problems they've experienced. Forms to sign up for text message alerts about meetings are available throughout our pain management clinics.

Garden of Hope:

Our garden provides healthy food and an opportunity to spend productive, social time outside for many of our patients. Our hope is that patients will utilize the space as a gathering place — to learn, grow and engage with a larger community. If you’re interested in gardening with us, join us at one of our scheduled events. Forms to sign up for text message alerts are available throughout our pain management clinics. To see Chuck Price's story about the Garden of Hope, click here.

Patient advisory board:

We know how important your experience with us is. To make sure we design our programs to better fit your needs, we have asked patients and community members to participate in our patient advisory board.

Community education:

Our team offers community education and outreach to employers, patients and community leaders. Education includes self-management of chronic pain, including treatment options and resources.

Utilizing technology:

We understand that pain effects your entire life, and that we usually see you when you’re at your worst. We need to know how pain impacts you on a daily basis. To do that, we offer an iPhone app, Geisinger PainWatch®. It uses an Apple Watch to track activity, pain and sleep. This new technology links to our electronic health record to share data with your provider. We hope that this new technology will improve your quality of life while managing your pain.

Text message alerts:

Did you know that Geisinger’s Pain Medicine Department at Woodbine Lane sends text messages to patients with updates on the Garden of Hope and Chronic Pain Support Group speakers? Forms are located throughout the clinic for patients to sign up.

Pain management conditions and treatments

Our pain management team treats pain related to a wide variety of conditions. We offer several procedures and treatments, and two dedicated pain treatment programs.

Spine pain

  • Bulging disc
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Prolapsed disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Thoracic pain
  • Vertebral body fracture
  • Herniated disc
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Post-laminectomy syndrome
  • Spine surgery pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Vertebral compression fracture

Cervical injuries

  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash injury
  • Leg pain
  • Extruded discs
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome

Abdomen, chest and groin pain

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest wall pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Testicular pain
  • Chest pain
  • Inguinal pain
  • Post thoracotomy pain (intercostal)

Headaches

  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Joint pain

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Hip bursitis
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis/Golfer’s elbow

Muscle pain

  • Myofacial pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Piriformis syndrome

Other pain conditions

  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Cancer pain
  • Foot pain
  • Sport injuries
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Shingles

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