Nonsurgical Treatment Options

nonsurgical treatmentThe spine is a masterpiece of design, absorbing nearly every bump, jolt and shock while also providing an incredible amount of agility and flexibility.

The spine has three natural curves: in the neck, upper back and lower back. These curves help absorb the impact of movement. The lower back bears most of the body's weight and is the most vulnerable to injury.

Managing Your Pain

The GW Pain Center was established to help people living with acute, subacute or chronic pain, especially pain related to the total spine. The Center offers evaluation, treatment and follow-up for a wide range of pain conditions.
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Treatment Options

Treatment options at the GW Pain Center include use of pain control medications, nerve blocks and stimulation techniques.

Nerve Blockades and Other Anesthesia Injections

Patients may be treated with any of several types of regional anesthetic techniques, including facet blocks, epidural blocks, trigger point injections, botulinum toxin injections, nerve blocks and neurolytic blocks. Some procedures may be performed under x-ray guidance.
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Stimulators and Implantable Devices

Patients may be treated by using implantable devices for pain control. These include dorsal column stimulators and implantable devices such as intrathecal pumps.
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Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a major component of rehabilitating chronic back and neck pain. The GW Outpatient Rehab Center, conveniently located next door to the Pain Management Center, provides comprehensive physical therapy. Physical therapy works to strengthen muscles, improve joint flexibility and range of motion and increase endurance through aerobic activities.
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The Pain Center at The George Washington University Hospital can help people living with acute, subacute or chronic pain.
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Physical therapists at the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center help to restore strength, improve balance, increase endurance and minimize pain.
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Aetna Institute
of Quality Orthopedic Care Facility

GW Hospital has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement and spine surgery. Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. GW Hospital was selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

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Serious Pain

Consult your physician immediately if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Pain with no obvious cause
  • Pain that increases in severity or lasts more than three weeks
  • Pain associated with numbness or extreme weakness in an arm or leg
  • Pain unrelieved by rest
  • Pain for which you can find no comfortable position
  • Pain accompanied by sickness, fever, chills, sweats, loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, kidney or bladder problems, constipation, diarrhea or incontinence


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