The Albany and Saratoga Centers for Pain Management

Health and Safety Announcement

Although our practice remains open at this time, we do ask any patient who is currently experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue to call our office prior to arriving to our practice. We have safeguards in place to ensure the highest level safety for our patients.

We remind people the New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Treatment Approaches

Chronic pain has been under-treated in part because the traditional practice of medicine was to focus on an underlying disease and not its symptoms. However, as pain came to be considered by many to be, itself, the disorder, a newer branch of medicine has evolved that deals specifically with pain management. Now, many physicians and clinicians realize just how important it is to treat pain in order to fully meet their patients’ desire to live fuller, more active lives. And, on their part, patients are becoming more involved in their treatment and are requesting pain relief therapies from their doctors.

Pain is a reaction to signals transmitted from a pain source that travel through the nerves in the spinal cord to the brain. This means that pain can be controlled by interrupting or modulating the pain signals before they reach the brain.

Most individuals who develop a chronic pain condition try several types of therapies in their search for relief. Typically, they begin with conservative measures such as exercise, over-the-counter medications, rehabilitative therapy, transcutaneous electrical stimulation, and cognitive and behavioral modification.

When these treatments fail to work, physicians may prescribe more aggressive pain therapies such as nerve blocks, which use a chemical blocking agent, or neurolysis, which physically destroys nerve tissues. Prescription pain medications (systemic opioids) are frequently introduced at this stage; however, negative side effects, including dependency, can result.

When chronic pain conditions resist these therapies, patients may require more advanced treatment options. Surgery, implantable drug pumps, or neuroablation (a permanent surgical technique that blocks pain by destroying nerves and tissues at the source of the pain) may be recommended to combat chronic pain. Neurostimulation is an advanced alternative that pain practitioners also may offer their patients. This therapy includes spinal cord stimulation (SCS) systems that interrupt the pain signals on their way to the brain.

Our Offices

Monday-Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Weekend: Closed

  • Albany Albany
    116 Everett Road
    (518) 463-0171
  • Saratoga Saratoga Springs
    3 Care Lane
    (518) 682-2240
  • Saratoga Amsterdam
    5010 Rt. 30 Ste. 104
    (518) 463-0171
  • Queensbury Queensbury
    375 Bay Rd., #103
    (518) 682-2240
  • Clifton Park Clifton Park
    1596 Route 9
    (518) 371-6772

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