Section of Pain Medicine

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The Section of Pain Medicine staff is dedicated to working with patients who have chronic pain to help minimize their suffering and restore their ability to take joy from life while contributing to it. The program will provide comprehensive specialized care to people experiencing chronic pain utilizing an interdisciplinary team approach. To these ends, the team works in a compassionate way to help people to exceed their perceived limitations, eliminate harmful behaviors, and replace them with healthy living.

Our Commitment

The Pain Medicine team agrees to:

  • Relate to patients as individuals with hopes, feelings and goals.
  • Treat patients as people who are suffering, but not ill.
  • Work with patients to help them improve their level of functioning and suffer less.
  • Provide an environment in which people sharing similar problems can work together toward recovery.
  • Help patients and families understand the causes of pain and ways to manage it.
  • Explain to patients all that we do.
  • Ask patients to take part in activities which may be painful at first, but not ask them to engage in activities that will cause injury.
  • Attempt to be consistent in responding to healthy behaviors, and in not responding to pain behaviors.

Patient Responsibilities

Treatment success requires that patients:

  • Sincerely desire to live as normally as possible.
  • Are willing to work toward making changes in their lives.
  • Are open to investigating all factors related to their pain.
  • Understand that improvement is not something we provide, but something we help them achieve.
  • Are willing to allow others to relate to them as people, not patients.

Pain touches us all -- usually as a warning sign of injury or disease. Pain normally subsides following medical care and recovery. But according to the National Institutes of Health, 40 million Americans are unable to find relief for their pain. It is chronic, without correctable cause, and unresponsive to conventional treatments. It is frequently associated with low back disease, headaches, fibromyalgia or disorders of the nervous system. Such longstanding pain disrupts lives, tears at families and jeopardizes careers. It causes productive people to withdraw into a downward spiral of anger, depression and despair. They become less mobile, losing strength and flexibility to the point that even minor activities may increase pain.

Conditions we treat:

The Section of Pain Medicine evaluates and treats a variety of pain disorders and chronic pain issues. We have expertise in:

  • Abdominal and pelvic pain
  • Arthritic pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Complex regional pain syndromes including reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
  • Disability from chronic pain
  • Emotional conditions resulting from chronic pain, including depression and anxiety
  • Failed Back Syndrome/Post-Laminectomy pain
  • Fibromyalgia and other myofascial pain syndromes
  • Headache disorders
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Neuropathic pain from various conditions
  • Post-operative pain
  • Post-stroke pain
  • Spinal degenerative diseases
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Treatment resistant chronic pain

Following evaluation, there may be recommendations for treatment in the Section of Pain Medicine or for treatment at home or by other physicians at Cleveland Clinic. Treatment options may include: physical rehabilitation, medications, referrals for such interventions as nerve blocks or spinal cord stimulation, and referrals for pain and stress management, including the use of biofeedback. An intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation program is recommended for those with high levels of pain, suffering and functional impairment, and may vary in intensity from inpatient care to a few hours a day of outpatient care.

View Cleveland Clinic's Section of Pain Medicine treatment guide.

Interventional procedures:
  • Botox for headaches
  • Celiac plexus blocks
  • Combination of interventional procedures with intensive rehabilitation measures
  • Discography
  • Epidural Steroid injections
  • Facet injections
  • Intrathecal drug delivery
  • Knee, hip and joint injections
  • Lumbar sympathetic block
  • Neurolytic injections
  • Occipital nerve stimulation for headaches
  • Peripheral nerve blocks, including genitofemoral and inguinal nerve blocks
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Radio frequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Splanchnic block
  • Stellate and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks
Psychophysiological pain and stress management:
  • Biofeedback-assisted pain and stress management
  • Educational classes about chronic pain and its treatment
  • Guided imagery
  • Individual or group counseling
  • Specialized groups for conditions such as abdominal pain and fibromyalgia
Medication management:
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Membrane stabilizers
  • Opioids
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine uptake inhibitors
  • Sympathetic blocking agents
Physical therapies:
  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Land and water based treatments
  • Personalized treatment plans to help patients move from pain, disability, and suffering to wellness and independence
Occupational therapies:
  • Assistance in addressing activities of daily living, including home and work
  • Ergonomic evaluation
Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation:
  • For those with high levels of pain, suffering and functional impairment (See Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program in the next tab)
Chronic Pain and Addiction
  • The burden of pain is greater in the presence of addiction. We have a great deal of experience in evaluating and educating patients who suffer from this disease complex and in arranging appropriate treatment for them.

Because chronic pain affects so many aspects of an individual's life, it is appropriate that the treatment team be equally comprehensive. The team includes experts in pain management, biofeedback training, physical and occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation, nursing, nutrition and psychotherapy.

Treatment is provided in the W.O. Walker Center with modern pool, exercise equipment and electronic biofeedback equipment. When hospitalization is required, patients are admitted to Cleveland Clinic and transported to the Walker Center for program activities.

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Edward Covington, MD
 

Edward Covington, MD

Covington, Edward, MD
216.636.5860

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Neurological Center for Pain

Specialties: Abdominal Pain, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Intractable, Headaches, Interstitial Cystitis | Pelvic Pain, Spine Pain more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: University of Tennessee College of Medicine

 
Sara Davin, PsyD, MPH
 

Sara Davin, PsyD, MPH

Davin, Sara, PsyD, MPH
216.636.5860

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Neurological Center for Pain

Specialties: Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Marital, Family & Relationship Difficulties, Cognitive-behavioral Treatment more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Cleveland Clinic

 
Kelly Huffman, PhD
 

Kelly Huffman, PhD

Huffman, Kelly, PhD
216.636.5860

Location(s): Strongsville Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Neurological Center for Pain

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Cleveland Clinic

 
Jahangir Maleki, MD, PhD
 

Jahangir Maleki, MD, PhD

Maleki, Jahangir, MD, PhD
216.636.5860

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Neurological Center for Pain

Specialties: Abdominal Pain, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Intractable, Headaches, Interstitial Cystitis | Pelvic Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: University of Heidelberg Medical Faculty

 
Manu Mathews, MD
 

Manu Mathews, MD

Mathews, Manu, MD
216.636.5860

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Neurological Center for Pain

Specialties: Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP), Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Facial Pain, Headaches, Neuropathy - Diabetic, Peripheral Artery Disease, Neuropathy more

Treats: Adults Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Saint John's Medical College

 
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