Pain Management

Your Health. Your Hospital

Also known as algiatry, pain management is a medical approach that is interdisciplinary, whose purpose is to ease the suffering and enhance the quality of life of patients who struggle with distressing chronic symptoms. The pain management specialists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will provide you with a personalized treatment plan that is bound to alleviate your discomfort.

Effective Techniques for Each Type of Pain

We understand how difficult and distressing having to deal with chronic pain is, which is why our specialists will treat you with care and compassion.

After a complete assessment of your health, they will design a pain management treatment approach for you, which is bound to ease the frequency and intensity of your symptoms.

The pain management techniques our physicians employ include novel medical procedures such as ultrasound-guided injections and biofeedback.

Pain management practitioners come from all fields of medicine and usually work in coordinated teams that are not strictly limited to doctors, but also include:

  • pharmacists
  • clinical psychologists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • physician assistants
  • nurse practitioners
  • clinical nurse specialists
  • mental health specialists
  • massage therapists

Multimodal Treatment Approach

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our specialists will efficiently attend to all sources of pain by using a physical, psychological, and pharmacological approach, which is known as a multimodal treatment approach.

By combining multiple treatment approaches, you will experience pain alleviation within a shorter time, which will also increase your life quality.

Since the source of pain is different for each patient, our specialists will design a multimodal, individualized treatment plan for every person who requests our medical services. We always strive to ensure your safety and comfort so that you can easily open up about your symptoms and suffering.

The Physical Approach

To be effective in their pursuit of a life free of pain for their patients, the physicians at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital make use of many diverse physical techniques, therapeutic exercise, and behavioral therapy, whether on their own or in combination with interventional techniques and conventional pharmacotherapy.

The physical approach of pain management includes treatments such as:

  • acupuncture
  • cortisone injections
  • steroid injections
  • light therapy
  • ONS physiatry
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma)
  • ultrasound-guided injections
  • viscosupplementation

The Psychological Approach

Psychology uses the ability of the patient to understand the relationship between physiology, thoughts, emotions, and behavior.

This kind of understanding may work in the favor of chronic pain patients and help them speed up pain relief and restoration of the quality of life.

The psychological methods used in pain management at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital include:

  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • hypnosis
  • relaxation therapy
  • biofeedback
  • guided imagery
  • mindfulness

The Pharmacological Approach

The specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will prescribe you the medication you need, depending on the nature and source of your pain. Consequently, you may be given over-the-counter medication or prescription medication, as both types have proven to be effective in pain management.

Some of the drugs you may be prescribed for the management of your pain are:

  • NSAIDs
  • corticosteroids
  • acetaminophen
  • opioids
  • muscle relaxants
  • anti-anxiety drugs
  • antidepressants
  • anticonvulsant drugs