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Pain Management

The Pain Management Center at St. Charles Hospital offers treatment to individuals with chronic pain.  The goal of the Pain Management Center is to provide improved pain control for the numerous conditions that cause chronic pain and allow patients to improve their quality of life.

An individualized treatment plan is customized for each patient. Treatment plans assist patients in: 

  •  Reducing and controlling pain
  • Increasing self-care
  • Educating the patient and family about pain management
  • Attaining the optimal quality of life
  • Attaining the highest level of functionality possible
  • Promoting a return to work

St. Charles Hospital’s board certified pain management specialists use minimally invasive, advanced procedures with the care and comfort of patients the number one priority.

Intervention techniques feature state-of-the-art radiologic technology known as a C-Arm. St. Charles Hospital’s C-Arm provides surgeons a clear view of bone and dense tissue and offers pinpoint accuracy for the most challenging spine angles. Patients benefit from reduced radiation exposure.

Treatment is provided by board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional pain medicine physicians Steven J. Litman, MD, director, pain management, St. Charles Hospital, and Vlada Frankenberger, DO.  Dr. Litman is one of the only pain management specialists in New York state with five board certifications in pain management, including a fellowship with the World Institute of Pain Certification. He has been listed by Castle Connolly as one of the Top 200 pain physicians in the United States. Dr. Litman is a surveyor for the American Academy of Pain Management accreditation program, which sets standards for pain management facilities and services. Dr. Frankenberger’s additional board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation allows her to treat pain utilizing the best techniques from both medical disciplines.

Conditions that may benefit from interventional pain management include:

  • Severe chronic pain that is unresponsive to conservative pain control measures
  • An increasing need for opioid medication to control pain
  • Pain that cannot be relieved surgically   
  • Pain that does not require surgery for sensory/motor loss or bowel and bladder dysfunction

Procedures are done on an outpatient basis so patients return home the same day. Techniques include:

  • All forms of nerve and facet blocks
  • Radiofrequency lesioning 
  • Epidural or Spinal injections (opioids or steroids)
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Implantable narcotic pumps
  • Baclofen pumps
  • Neurolytic blocks
  • Cryoneurolysis/cryoablation
  • Facet injections
  • Manometric Discography
  • Trigger point injections
  • Botox injection
  • Peripheral neurolysis
  • Interventional pain treatment for cancer
  • Epiduroscopy
  • Radiofrequency for headaches

For more information about the Pain Management Center at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6797.