Pain Management Center

Does pain control your life?

When pain interferes with the quality of your life, call Cleveland Clinic Pain Management Center at Hillcrest Hospital.

Our center can help ease your pain and teach you how to manage it so you can return to a normal, productive life as soon as possible.

While some patients seek our services for short-term or acute pain, caused by an injury or surgery, most of our patients suffer from long-term or chronic pain, which does not always have an easily identifiable cause.

At the Pain Management Center, you will receive comprehensive, coordinated care in one convenient location.

Your team of specialists may include:

  • A physician who is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain management
  • Specialists in physical rehabilitation and psychology
  • Skilled and experienced care providers, including advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists

If you are experiencing pain, ask your physician to refer you to Cleveland Clinic Pain Management Center at Hillcrest Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call 440.312.7246.

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Range of Services

The Pain Management Center treats the following types of pain:

  • Back and neck pain, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis and tumors
  • Chronic abdominal pain and pelvic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or RSD)
  • Intractable spasticity
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Disorders of the nervous system, including shingles and trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain)
  • Pain and ulcers of the skin resulting from poor circulation
  • Cancer pain

Throughout the entire treatment process, the Center will communicate your progress to your referring and/or family physicians. As you near the end of your treatment plan, we will ensure that you have the information and instructions to manage your condition.

Appointments, Fees and Insurance

Pain Management Center services are usually covered by most major insurance plans as well as Workers' Compensation, Medicaid and Medicare. Since some insurance carriers may require a referral from your primary care physician. Check with your insurance advisor before scheduling an appointment. If your plan does not cover pain management services, you will be responsible for those charges.

Assessment and Treatment

During your first visit, a board-certified pain management specialist will perform a thorough assessment. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • Diagnostic nerve block – helps to identify the source of pain
  • Discography – determines if pain is originating from the intervertebral discs
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – scans to create detailed pictures of specific internal structures
  • Computerized axial tomography (CAT) – scans taken at different angles, showing detailed views of internal organs
  • Psychological testing
  • Dietary and nutritional analysis
After Your Diagnostic Evaluation

With your team of experts, a treatment plan will be developed and shared with your family physician. Your treatment may include:

  • Therapeutic nerve blocks – local anesthetic injections given near a specific nerve or group of nerves to relieve pain
  • Spinal drug delivery systems – a computerized pump that delivers pain medication continuously into the spine to control intractable pain
  • Spinal cord stimulation – a small implantable device that stimulates the spinal cord to treat pain and improve circulation
  • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy – treats chronic pain originating from the intervertebral discs
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – a small external device that delivers electric impulses to nerve endings to stop pain
  • Acupuncture – a medical practice which involves inserting fine needles into the skin at specific points in the body to relieve chronic pain
  • Psychological counseling
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Dietary and nutritional counseling