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Relief from Chronic Pain

Standing: Mark Chaplick, DO, James Scowcroft, MD, George Edwards, MD, Curt Johnson, MD, Joel Ackerman, MD, Atef Israel, MD  Seated: Howard Aks, MD, Rebecca Burfeind, MD, Steven Charapata, MD, Thomas Laughlin, MD
Standing: Mark Chaplick, DO, James Scowcroft, MD, George Edwards, MD, Curt Johnson, MD, Joel Ackerman, MD, Atef Israel, MD
Seated: Howard Aks, MD, Rebecca Burfeind, MD, Steven Charapata, MD, Thomas Laughlin, MD

Millions of people suffer every day from chronic (long-term) or acute (short-term) pain. KC Pain is the Midwest’s largest, most comprehensive, full-time pain management group. We are specialists in the management of your pain because we believe that “Life Shouldn’t Hurt.”

Due to the complexities of pain, it is extremely important to have physicians with specialized knowledge and skills to treat these conditions.

Pain Management doctors specialize in treating painful conditions. Our physicians focus on diagnosing and managing pain, studying what causes it, how the body reacts to it, how different medications
reduce or eliminate the pain, and how others can be used to relieve many painful conditions.

An in-depth knowledge of the physiology of pain, an ability to evaluate patients who have complicated pain problems, understanding specialized tests for diagnosing painful conditions, prescribing appropriate medications for various pain problems, and having the skills to perform specialized procedures are all part of what the physicians at KC Pain use to treat pain.

To accurately diagnose your pain problem, we may recommend neurological testing, laboratory screening, radiological examinations and/or behavior assessments. We offer dozens of treatment options ranging from non-surgical and state-of-the-art intervention pain therapies to medication management.

Gary’s Story
While working as a painter in 2005, Gary was lifting two 5-gallon buckets of paint when he heard a pop. That evening, he had pain that started in the lower left area of his back and shot upward to the right side of his spine. An MRI showed that the pain he was experiencing resulted from two bulging discs in his lower lumbar spine. It also revealed that Gary had scoliosis and a bulged disc in the middle of his spine. While his pain originated in his lower back, it eventually radiated to his legs and caused numbness in his feet. “The pain brought me to my knees,” Gary recalls. “I was unable to work and couldn’t go anywhere without thinking I would have an episode, so I stayed home.” Physical therapy did not provide relief, and oral pain medication offered only marginal comfort. He became concerned he was addicted to the medication, and its side effects were problematic.

Learning About Neurostimulation
Gary’s pain physician was knowledgeable about neurostimulation therapy and thought it might provide relief. Neurostimulation uses a small device that is surgically placed under the skin to send mild electrical impulses to an area near the spine to interrupt pain signals from reaching the brain. Gary underwent a screening test to determine if he was a candidate for neurostimulation. “When the device was turned on, I had instant relief—no pain for the first time in 21 months,” Gary says. He went on to have the device surgically implanted in January 2007. While Gary did not have any complications, there are risks associated with the procedure. The most frequently reported problems following the spinal cord stimulator implant surgery include infection, lead movement, pain at the implant site, loss of therapy effect, and therapy that did not meet the patient’s expectations.

An Enhanced Life
Physically and mentally, Gary has improved. “I’m able to do things I couldn’t do when I had the pain,” Gary explains. “Simple things, like walking, sweeping the floor, and doing the dishes. These tasks sound so easy, but for someone in chronic pain they are very hard.” Gary compares the stimulation sensation to a massage on his back and says that it keeps his discomfort to under a 5 on the pain scale. “To this point, neurostimulation has been an excellent alternative to back surgery, and it has eliminated my fear of drug dependency. I am grateful for neurostimulation—it has helped me bring the pain level down,” Gary says.

“I am grateful for neurostimulation—it has helped me bring the pain level down.” – Gary

ABOUT SPINAL CORD
NEUROSTIMULATION THERAPY
Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure that requires the placement of an electrical lead or leads into the epidural space. The electrical lead is then used to stimulate the spinal cord in hopes of replacing the painful sensation with a non-painful, tingling-type sensation. The procedure is usually begun with a trial process where electrodes are placed temporarily, and the patient is provided a battery pack to try the stimulation out for four to five days. After the trial period, the electrode or electrodes are removed, and a discussion with your physician ensues as to whether or not full implantation is indicated. One of the most common reasons for using Spinal Cord Stimulation is leg pain that persists after spinal surgery. Also, the procedure has shown promising results with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

ABOUT THE PROCEDURE
The trial procedure is performed in our office setting. This is usually an approximately 1½-hour
procedure, including recovery time, and the patient is then dismissed to home in hopes of trying the product for three to four days. If the trial is successful, plans are then made for implantation which usually occurs within the next one month after the trial period. Implantation is performed at a local community hospital and is an out-patient surgery. As with any procedure, there are certain risks which include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, headache, worsening of pain, and failure to cover pain.

LET US HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR PAIN
At KC Pain, we are dedicated to reducing or eliminating your pain. Our physicians offer a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with referring physicians to provide the optimum treatment for our patients. Patients benefit from the input of our Board Certified Physicians who specialize in pain management. We work closely with primary care physicians, neurologists, cancer doctors, as well as many other specialists.

As the Midwest’s largest, most comprehensive, full-time pain management group, KC Pain offers nine State-of-the-Art Treatment Centers throughout Greater Kansas City, including in Overland Park, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Independence, Belton and the Northland.

Call us today at 816-763-1559 to learn more or to schedule an appointment. We are here for you because we truly believe “Life Shouldn’t Hurt.”

TREATMENT OPTIONS:
• Neurostimulation Therapy
• Radiofrequency Ablation
• Epidural Steroid Injections
• Facet Injections
• Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Therapy
• Joint Injections
• Occipital Nerve Block
• Sacroiliac Injections
• Trigger Point Injections (TPI)

KC Pain Center
816-763-1559
9 Office Locations throughout
Overland Park, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Independence, Belton, and the Northland
www.KCPain.com

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