nerve-blocksNerve Blocks and Nerve Stimulation: Treating the Source of Pain

Center for Pain Management has years of experience using nerve blocks and nerve stimulation procedures to control and minimize pain for our patients. Each of these procedures is minimally invasive – a nerve block injection takes about 15 minutes, and a nerve/spinal cord stimulator implant procedure takes about an hour.

These treatments are most often used to relieve chronic leg, back, and neck pain. Nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulator implants are effective treatments for conditions such as failed back surgery syndrome, spinal stenosis, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

About Nerve Blocks

Pain-Relieving Injections

A nerve block may be any combination of an anesthetic, steroids, and anti-inflammatory medication injected into a nerve or nerves that are causing pain. Depending on the type of pain, and its severity and location, one or more injections may be necessary at a single appointment. Repeat injections may be necessary to prevent pain from recurring.

About Spinal Cord Stimulators

Pain-Relieving Implants

A spinal cord stimulator is a small device implanted in the lower back near the spine. This device generates electrical pulses that override pain signals as they travel from the leg, back, or neck up the spinal column. While these implants stimulate nerves and disrupt pain signals, they don’t eliminate pain, but they can reduce pain to levels that are manageable with medication.  

An Alternative to Spinal Surgery

Surgery on the spine is a risky procedure with many potential complications. Often, a spinal surgery intended to alleviate back pain makes pain worse. At Center for Pain Management, we believe the most conservative, least invasive treatment is always preferable to surgery. Nerve stimulator implants require a minor outpatient surgical procedure at our Center for Special Surgery, but the recovery time is minimal compared to back surgery.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’ve been unable to find relief for your chronic leg, back, or neck pain, a nerve block or spinal nerve stimulator may be the solution. Contact Center for Pain Management to schedule your consultation: (317) 706-7246.

If you have an upcoming appointment scheduled for an outpatient surgical procedure for pain, please fill out the Center for Special Surgery Disclosure Packet and bring it with you on the day of your nerve block or nerve stimulation procedure/ surgery. In this packet are:

  • Preoperative Instructions
  • Statement of Patient Rights
  • Ownership Disclosure Information
  • Facility Information on Advanced Directives
  • Indiana State Department of Health Advance Directives Information
Updates + Announcements

Press Release – American Pain Consortium Holdings

Center for Pain Management’s parent organization – American Pain Consortium Holdings – has acquired a surgery center in Columbus, Ohio, and will provide management services to its affiliated pain management practice. Read more about the acquisition in the attached press…
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North Meridian Office CLOSED, April 8, 2019

Patients, Our 8805 N. Meridian St. location is closed today, April 8, due to a water main break.  If you have questions please call 317-706-7246 tomorrow (April 9) during normal business hours. Thank you, Center for  Pain Management

New Research Shows Long Term Results from Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Implants

Patients Report Improvement in Pain Relief & Daily Life Activity Two Years After Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Implants The European Journal of Pain recently accepted a research article for peer review, “Spinal cord stimulation for chronic refractory pain: long‐term effectiveness…
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WEATHER ALERT: All Locations are OPEN During Regular Office Hours

Worried about the weather? Follow us on social media for updates! ALL locations for the Center for Pain Management are OPEN during regular office hours. This includes our Indianapolis, Greenwood and Lafayette, Indiana pain treatment centers. We will update our…
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Dr. Edward Kowlowitz Named One of America’s Top Doctors in Pain Medicine

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. named Edward Kowlowitz, MD one of America’s Top Doctors in Pain Medicine. Dr. Kowlowitz is 1 of 7 physicians in Indiana to earn this distinguished designation. He has been practicing medicine since 1988 and founded Center…
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