Treating You as an Individual
Providing Your Care in a Team-Based Environment
Thanks to the clinical support of GW Hospital, patients receive services and treatment from a multidisciplinary team of pain care professionals. Working together, the staff provides an exceptional range of skills, training, experience and knowledge.
Start by Talking to Your Doctor.
Since the GW Pain Center works primarily from referrals, your pain condition should first be brought to the attention of your regular physician. Your physician can then determine if you should be referred to the Pain Center.
*Please note, a referring letter or consult notes from your attending physician need to be forwarded to the Pain Center prior to your initial visit.
Next, we'll give you a thorough evaluation.
Most patients who are referred for service will receive an initial evaluation by a specialist who is either a neurologist or anesthesiologist. This evaluation will consist of a review of available medical records, a history and physical, and a detailed report of findings including diagnosis and proposed treatment plan. Patients needing further diagnostic studies for complaints of pain may receive additional diagnostic services, such as x-rays, CTs, MRIs, lab testing, myelograms, selective nerve root injections, epidural blocks, trigger point injections, botulinum toxin injections, lumbar facet blocks and sympathetic blocks.
Then, we'll design a treatment plan especially for you.
After your initial evaluation, a treatment program is developed just for you. The treatment is directed at relieving your pain, teaching you how to manage pain and increasing your ability to work and carry out a normal lifestyle. The Pain Center uses a variety of methods to accomplish these goals.