Pain Management Options

Chronic Pain Management

Patients with pain from back or neck injuries, or neuropathic pain, meaning that it is the nerves that are causing the pain, may be able to benefit from alternative treatment options for pain control. One newly enhanced treatment is called Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) and it can be effective for low back pain from:

  • failed back syndrome
  • Facet disease
  • sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • intercostal neuritis
  • post herpetic neuralgia
  • phantom limb pains
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • total joint replacement pain

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation uses electricity to modulate the perception of pain, with vibrations masking what the patient feels. This is accomplished with a small implanted device.

Other treatments are available today to control pain from arthritis and other painful conditions.

Q&A Videos

Back PainCommon Causes of Back Pain
Dr. Steven Levin, Johns Hopkins Pain Management Specialist, discusses common causes and treatment options for back pain including muscle strains, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and cancer.
Back and Chronic Pain VideoTreatment for Back & Chronic Pain
In this video, Dr. Mark Matsunaga describes how peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is used to treat chronic pain.

Pain Specialists Available at HCGH:

Photo of Dr. Steven Carl Levin, M.D.

Levin, Steven Carl, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director, Regional Pain Program
Appointment Phone: 443-997-6754
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Arthritis, Back Pain, Cancer Pain, Cryotherapy, Joint Diseases, Joint Injections, Myofascial Pain, Nerve Blocks, Nerve Injury, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management, Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Control
Photo of Dr. Mark T Matsunaga, M.D.

Matsunaga, Mark T, M.D.

Appointment Phone: 410-997-7246
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Anesthesiology, Pain Management