Susquehanna Valley Pain Management Center expands services with regenerative medicine; ambulatory surgery center coming winter 2017
On: August 31, 2016 Filed Under: Member News
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Aug. 26, 2016) – Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. It is a leading cause of disability and a major contributor to health care costs.
That’s why Susquehanna Valley Pain Management Center joins health care providers nationwide in recognizing September as National Pain Awareness Month.
“Four in 10 American adults and 80 percent of veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom suffer from chronic pain,” said Malik Momin, M.D., medical director and founder of Susquehanna Valley Pain Management Center, and Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology.
“Fifty percent of our patients are over age 65, and 60 percent are female,” Dr. Momin said. “We’re seeing much more computer-related work injury now that more people type on a PC all day, and we’re also seeing an increase in patients wanting to reduce their reliance on opioids. While we don’t provide detox therapy, interventional pain management allows many to lower their dosage of prescription medications, and we encourage those in need to seek help.
The trend in pain management has been moving toward a multidisciplinary approach. With over 50 years of combined experience, the center’s five physicians–all board certified in the sub specialty of pain management–provide minimally invasive injection therapies and help patients achieve the best quality of life possible by educating them about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle including exercise and diet.
Interventional pain management is the subspecialty of medicine that deals with treating chronic and acute pain using precision-guided injection techniques to deliver pain-relieving medicine to a specific area of the body.
The most common procedures deliver corticosteroids to relieve inflammation in spinal structures caused by herniated discs, spinal stenosis or arthritis. These procedures include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections and sacroiliac injections.
Regenerative injection therapies are a spectrum of therapeutic techniques used to naturally treat and heal the cause of a painful condition rather than masking the symptom with potentially addicting prescription medications. The injections stimulate and accelerate the body’s own natural ability to heal itself.
Stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma injections are two of the most effective therapies. They are administered at the office and take about an hour. Patients return home the same day and are often able to work the following day.
The center’s physicians excel in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of patients with chronic lower back pain, neck pain and joint pain–these are the top reasons patients come to the center–as well as golfer’s elbow; tennis elbow; Sciatica; osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder; and pain caused shingles, nerve problems and compression fractures.
The center offers a wide range of services including epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, SI joint injections, trigger point injections, provocative discography, sympathetic blocks, spinal cord stimulator trials and peripheral nerve blocks.
To meet the growing need of patients, Susquehanna Valley Pain Management Center will open an ambulatory surgery center in winter 2017. It opened its first pain clinic in 1992 in Mechanicsburg when Dr. Momin wanted to apply his expertise and training to everyday pain problems. The center opened offices in the Union Deposit area of Lower Paxton Twp. in 2005 in Carlisle in 2014.
Primary care physicians, physician specialists, chiropractors, CRNPs, PAs or insurance companies are eligible to refer patients for care. The center maintains communication with the referral source, provide updates on the patient’s progress and assure continuity of treatment.
To schedule an appointment, call 717.652.8670. In most instances, appointments can be scheduled within 24-48 hours of insurance authorization. To learn more, visit HarrisburgPainCenter.com.
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About Susquehanna Valley Pain Management Center
Susquehanna Valley Pain Management Center serves patients in three Pennsylvania midstate locations at 825 Sir Thomas Court, Harrisburg; 175 Lancaster Boulevard, Mechanicsburg; and 290 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Center’s physicians–Malik Momin, MD; Norman Haueisen, D.O.; Maximillian Braun, M.D.; Jeffrey Finn, M.D.; and Stephen Laucks, M.D.–are all board certified in the sub specialty of pain management. They specialize in providing interventional pain management and minimally invasive regenerative injection therapies, helping patients achieve the best quality of life possible by educating them about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle including exercise and diet.