Alex Bekker, MD, PhD, Chief of Service
Andrew Kaufman, MD, Director
The Pain Center offers treatments for a wide range of acute/chronic pain states. These include, but are not limited to, myofascial pain, neuropathic pain, cervicogenic headache, trigeminal neuralgia, chronic regional pain syndrome, herniated disc, post-laminectomy syndrome, spinal stenosis and post-herpetic neuralgia.
Treatment is aimed at eliminating the cause of pain, but many times this may not be feasible. Thus the goal becomes symptom management so that the patient can continue to be functional at work and at home. This is done as a team approach, with the patients and their families being involved to create and meet short and long-term goals.
Treatment modalities may include oral or transdermal medications, T.E.N.S.
units, epidural injections, facet joint injections or other nerve blocks. In
addition, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation trials and
intra-thecal pump trials are utilized when appropriate.
UH Comprehensive Pain Center
Andrew Kaufman, MD, Director, UH Comprehensive Pain Center
Carolyn Kloepping, M.D., Assistant Professor
Akwasi Amponsah, MD., Assistant Professor
Chanmonie Kaulesar, DNP-C., Advanced Practice Nurse