Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) offers pain management services to patients with pain in a variety of specialties. SMMC’s Center for Pain Medicine diagnoses and treats short-term/acute and long-term/chronic pain. The goal of the Center for Pain Medicine is to provide patients with the capability to return to their highest level of function in their daily lives. The Center for Pain Medicine specializes in a multidisciplinary approach to treating pain by using a variety of methods and therapies with its patients. Therapies include medication management, physical therapy and Interventional Pain Medicine. Interventional Pain Medicine refers to minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as epidurals, to treat chronic pain conditions.
The Center for Pain Medicine is also the only Kansas City pain clinic that staffs a full-time psychologist. Dr. Ravi Sabapathy assists patients in dealing with the psychological effects of living with chronic pain as it often affects a patient’s quality of life by adding unwanted stress. Sabapathy aids patients through goal setting, stress management and psychological testing to help patients improve not only physically but also mentally. “There is not one way to cure every patient’s pain,” said Lynn Jones, Center for Pain Medicine at SMMC. “That is why we provide such a wide variety of treatment options from therapeutic yoga to cognitive behavioural therapy.”
While pain is common to patients in many areas of health care, it is especially prevalent for Oncology patients. Seventy-five percent of advanced cancer patients experience pain often related to the disease or treatment. SMMC’s Oncology department provides resources for patients to improve their pain management. With patient education, a trained staff and various hospital resources, Oncology helps patients manage their pain with collaborative efforts. Every nurse is trained in basic pain management and Cynthia Kuklenski, RN, Acute Pain Management Nurse, is available upon request. Oncology also works with the Pharmacy to provide patients with appropriate medications and instructions depending on their level of pain. Daniel Mitchell, MD, who specializes in Pain Management, said that Pain Management as a sub-specialty has grown significantly over the past few years as society has recognized a specific need for treating pain. “People should know that something can be done for pain,” Mitchell said. “You don’t have to live with it.”
Learn more about SMMC’s Center for Pain Medicine at ShawneeMission.org.