Center for Pain Management
Our pain management specialists at Lehigh Valley Hospital--Cedar Crest and Lehigh Valley Hospital--Muhlenberg provide skilled, evidence-based care for people with chronic pain. Our experienced team of physicians and certified registered nurse practitioners evaluates a wide range of chronic pain problems. Successful management of chronic pain can be achieved through a full evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plan designed to decrease pain, improve function and positively impact quality of life. Clinical research is also a vital part of the patient care we offer.
We evaluate and treat:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Cancer pain
- Neuropathic (nerve) pain or neuropathy
- Diabetic neuropathy (shooting pains in your feet)
- Thoracic pain
- Compression fractures
- Disk herniation
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Osteoporosis and/or arthritis
- Pain after an injury or surgery
Treatment options include:
- Comprehensive medication management
- Epidural steroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Radio frequency rhizotomy
- Provacative discography
- Vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty) for spinal compression
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Infusion therapy for pain and spasticity
- Psychological support and stress management
- Biofeedback and relaxation therapy
- Behavior modification
- Exercise and physical therapy
- Acupuncture and acupressure
Our Allentown, Pa., location is on the Lehigh Valley Hospital--Cedar Crest campus at 1240 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite 307. Reach us at 610-402-1756. We also have an office on the third floor of the Kolb Building at Lehigh Valley Hospital--Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, Pa. Call us there at 610-402-1756.
Help for your chronic pain
Pain is how your body tells you that some part is breaking down. It warns you that you need medical help. But sometimes, pain can continue for months or years. Nothing seems to help for very long. And living with pain changes your whole life.
At the Center for Pain Management, we understand your pain is real, and we know pain is personal. Different people can feel different kinds of pain from the exact same injury or illness. Whatever is causing your pain, we'll do everything we can to help you get your life back.
All of our patients were referred by their family doctors or a specialist. If you have chronic pain, talk to your doctor. Try the treatments your doctor recommends. If they don't help, go back to the doctor. Ask if a referral to a pain specialist could help you.
At your first visit to the Center for Pain Management, we ask lots of questions. We want to know as much as we can about your medical history, your pain and how pain has changed your life. Then we examine you.
We want to reduce your pain right away. If we can, we will begin treating your pain on your first visit, or we will immediately refer you for other therapies. Sometimes we need additional tests in order to plan your treatment.
We develop your treatment plan based on your pain, its cause and other personal factors, like your work or family history.
On your follow-up visits, we do a complete review of the success or failure of your treatments. If they don't work, we will try other treatments or combinations. We are committed to helping you.
Chronic pain has probably changed your life for the worse. We'll help you develop and reach personal goals, so you can enjoy life again. Like your pain treatment plan, your goals are personal. They depend on what matters to you. Here are some possible goals we can help you reach:
- Making your pain more tolerable
- Getting control of your life again
- Reducing anxiety, frustration, anger and depression
- Improving relationships with friends and family
- Increasing physical and social activity
- Developing realistic goals for your life and career
If you have chronic pain that hurts your enjoyment of life, talk to your doctor. Ask if a referral to the Center for Pain Management would help you.
Neurosciences and pain research
Neurosciences and pain research at Lehigh Valley Health Network is dedicated to clinical research in the field of neurology and pain with expertise in stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders and neuropathic pain.
Our mission is to provide our community with new knowledge and treatments, through research, in the field of neurology and pain management while maintaining standards of quality and efficiency.
Participation is voluntary and can benefit the future treatment of various health problems. You have an important role in helping to develop new medications and treatment options.
Benefits of participating in a research study include:
- Trying medication that may help your condition
- More personalized health care
- Learning new information about your condition
We have ongoing research in the following areas: