Pain Management

With appropriate pain control, you will not only recover faster but also have reduced risk of developing certain complications such as blood clots and pneumonia. If your pain is well controlled, you are better able to engage in important activities such as walking and deep breathing exercises. Our healthcare team works closely with all patients to prevent and relieve pain and discomfort.

Greenwich Hospital’s Sackler Center for Pain Management offers highly individualized inpatient and outpatient care to help people lead productive, enjoyable lives, free of the complications of chronic pain. Because each person perceives pain differently, patients are encouraged to be active partners in their care. Continued personal involvement is key to proper diagnosis and the most successful treatment and rehabilitation possible. Whether your pain is from surgery, illness, accident or another cause, Greenwich Hospital’s pain specialists employ a wide variety of therapies to provide relief for your specific condition. 

The Sackler Center medical team consists of board-certified pain management specialist physicians, radiology technicians and nurses. Whether your pain is from surgery, illness, accident or another cause, Greenwich Hospital’s pain specialists employ a wide variety of therapies to provide relief for your specific condition. 

Pain Management Options

New advances in pain management offer patients a growing number of options:

Nerve blocks, usually pain medicine or steroids, injected directly into the source of pain. Examples are cervical and lumbar epidural blocks, and facet and SI (sacroiliac) joint injections.

Implanted infusion pumps deliver continuous medication for pain or muscle spasms precisely to the source of the pain.

Spinal cord stimulators use electrical current to release pain-relieving hormones found naturally in the body.

Radiofrequency ablation stops or lessens pain by selectively destroying nerve cells.

Discography, a diagnostic procedure using dye injections to determine the exact location of disc pain.

Intradiscal electrotherapy, a nonsurgical treatment for spinal disc disorders

Minimally invasive fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided treatments

Pain control options may also include:

  • Pain relief medication
  • Relaxation techniques, including meditation, Healing Touch therapy, or listening to music 
  • Physical therapies such as heat or cold therapy, massage and body alignment
  • Interventional pain management 
  • Radiology
  • Nutritional consultation
  • Counseling and behavioral programs

Who Can Benefit?

Patients often schedule a pain consultation before or after surgery. Or, they come to the Sackler Center for relief from pain syndromes that have not responded to other therapies. These include:

  • lower back and leg pain including sciatica and peripheral neuropathy
  • shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia
  • neck pain
  • cancer pain
  • muscle spasms or myofascial pain
  • pain from motor vehicle accidents
  • sport injury pain
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • spasticity
  • degenerative joint disease and arthritis
  • ischemic pain

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Patients must have a referral from their primary care physician. Please call to schedule an appointment:

Sackler Center for Pain Management 203-863-3579

Cancer Pain Management 203-422-7970

Before your appointment at the Sackler Center for Pain Management:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
  • Take your daily medications as prescribed by your physician with small sips of water, unless otherwise directed.
  • Do not take aspirin or aspirin products before your procedure. If you do take aspirin regularly, please discuss this with your physician immediately.
  • Please check in at the Admitting Desk in the 2nd floor Medical Ambulatory Center in the Watson Pavilion one (1) hour before your scheduled appointment.
  • Bring a family member or friend with you. You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital.
  • You may have to stay in the hospital at least 30 minutes after your procedure ends, possibly longer if you have been sedated.
  • Your comfort is important to us. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us at 203-863-3579 between 8am and 4pm.