Common Pain Conditions
The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care (DPMPC) was founded in 1997 at Beth Israel Medical Center by its chairman, Russell K. Portenoy, MD, as the first full department in a U.S. medical center devoted to either palliative care or to pain management, and it remains the only full department in a U.S. academic medical center devoted to both disciplines.
The physicians and staff of the DPMPC are dedicated to providing the highest quality comprehensive and compassionate care to patients and their families to relieve suffering from chronic pain, acute pain, and any of the distressing problems associated with serious illness. Our renowned professional training programs have produced more than 100 specialized physicians, nurse practitioners and social workers, and our research division continues to advance knowledge and treatments through innovative studies.
Our pain practice specialists recognize that pain can be a heavy burden, interfering with work, relationships, and countless activities of daily living. There are many situations in which pain can progress from a symptom of an underlying condition to an illness in itself. In this situation, the physician’s priority becomes treating the pain, with a goal of providing comfort and improving the patient’s quality of life.
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Our physicians offer care for patients in pain of all types. Here are some of the more common conditions that we deal with:
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Postherpetic Neuralgia
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Phantom Pain
- Tension-type Headache
- Medication-overuse Headache
- Procedure-based Therapy for Headache
- Pediatric Headache