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Pain Management

If you're in pain, it can impact every aspect of your life. We want you to feel like you again. That's why we integrate medical, physical, functional and cognitive-behavioral approaches to pain management. Reducing or eliminating pain, lessens frustration and frees you to participate in the activities you enjoy. Many musculoskeletal pain conditions, including back, neck, and joint problems, may be helped through therapeutic treatments. We use a variety of specialized modalities to enhance mobility and optimize your function while minimizing pain. Drawing on a unique blend of expertise in neurology, rheumatology, musculoskeletal/sports medicine, behavioral medicine and mind-body techniques, we can help you restore function and manage pain related to illness, injury or surgery.

Levels of Care for Pain Management

  • Hospital Rehab
  • Outpatient

Spaulding's Approach to Pain Management

We empower you by giving you specific tools to return to the activities most important to you. We help by addressing everything that your pain interferes with; your physical functioning, sleep, mood, thoughts, relationships, work, leisure and more.

Following a comprehensive evaluation, our team will develop an individualized treatment plan that may include medical management, therapeutic injections, pain psychology, physical, occupational or speech therapy, or lifestyle modification.

Our Pain Program can include:

  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Functional Restoration
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Pain Management Therapy Services

Comprehensive Pain and Function Restoration Programs

Spaulding Outpatient Center Medford and Spaulding Hospital Cape Cod offer the area’s only Comprehensive Pain and Functional Restoration Programs. All treatments are provided at one site and integrate medical, psychological, physical and occupational therapies that stress education, exercise and cognitive behavioral approaches to pain management. Our objective is to help people improve function, better manage pain and enhance their quality of life.

"I have been to a couple of Rehabilitation centers and your center is far more superior in many ways. The therapists are much more knowledgeable, and they have all been very professional, caring, and friendly. Many Thanks for a Great Staff."
- An anonymous letter
"With the help and support of all my therapists and friends at Spaulding, I discovered that I am not alone with my pain. Finally! I was surrounded by people who understood."
- Amy from Lexington
"What I found in this program were wonderful, competent, and truly caring professionals who actually believed me when I said I was in pain. I also learned that being in pain does not mean lying down and dying, but consciously implementing the tools I learned, such as pacing, tai chi, body mechanics, meditation, as well as breathing techniques. Physical exercise has now become part of my day. Lastly, but most importantly I’ve learned that I am not alone."
- Lana, about the functional restoration program
"Before entering the program the only people I saw during the day were the ones on TV. Spending two days a week among caring people with similar experiences and goals has helped boost my spirits and reintroduce me into the world. I will never forget the love, kindness and unwavering encouragement everyone showed me throughout the program."
- From Beth about finishing the functional restoration program

Publications by members of our team

Gray, S. (2017). An Overview of the Use of Neurofeedback Biofeedback for the Treatment of Symptoms of TBI in Military and Civilian Populations. In R. Niemtzow, Medical Acupuncture.

Leskowitz E. (2014) Phantom Limb Pain: An Energy/Trauma Model, Explore, 10(6) 389-397.

Leskowitz E, (2018) How Tapping into “Energy” can trigger a paradigm shift in biomedicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 24(6) 525-527.

Kohlhofer, D., Kennedy-Spaien, E (2014). Living Life to the Fullest with Arthritis: Tools and Treatments. Rehab Management, May 2014.

Kennedy-Spaien, E, Maneii, F (2015). Self-Managing Chronic Pain. Rehab Management Jan 2015

Kennedy-Spaien, E., Rochman, D. (2007). Chronic Pain Management: Approaches and Tools for Occupational Therapy. OT Practice 12 (13) 9-15.

Kennedy-Spaien, E, Gascon, C, Hillel, A. (2002). Chronic Pain Treatment of Common Rheumatologic Diagnoses. In Wittink, H, Michel TH, Chronic Pain Management for Physical Therapists 2nd ed.

Beyond pills and shots: Pain patients seek other options

Read the article from the Boston Globe here