Pain Management

Anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medications, heating pads, and physical therapy can effectively relieve the pain associated with many health conditions, but if you suffer from chronic pain, and alternative treatments have not given you relief, you may be eligible for a pain management medical treatment at our medical center.

What Kinds of Pain Do You Treat at Texas Health Surgery Center Cleburne?

At Texas Health Surgery Center Cleburne, we are equipped to treat many kinds of pain, including:

  • Arthritis pain (caused by rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Joint pain
  • Knee pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Mid-back pain
  • Nerve pain of all types

What Pain Relief Treatments or Procedures Do You Offer?

Stem Cell Therapy
Your stem cells have an incredible ability to restore and regenerate, which means they can be used to treat a host of degenerative conditions that have chronic pain as a symptom. This form of pain management involves collecting stem cells from a healthy part of your body, like your bone marrow, and transplanting it into the damaged tissue.

Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical procedure and has little to no recovery time.

Epidural Injections
An epidural involves injecting steroids, dissolved in a local anesthetic, into the epidural space around your disk and nerves. Epidural injections are commonly used as back or neck pain treatment and provide pain relief for up to a year or longer in certain patients.

Pain Pumps
A pain pump is also known as an intrathecal drug delivery. Medication is supplied directly to the area around your spinal cord through an implanted catheter with a computer-programmed pump that is also implanted under the skin (usually in the abdomen).

The procedure lasts 1-2 hours, with a recovery time of 4-6 weeks.

Spinal Cord Stimulators
A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is a device that your surgeon will place underneath your skin. It sends electric current to your spinal cord, stimulating the area where there is chronic pain. The device works by modifying neuromodulation the pain signal your brain receives from the area of chronic pain.

Complete recovery takes 4-6 weeks. An SCS with a non-rechargeable battery needs to be surgically replaced every 2 to 5 years, while rechargeable batteries may last 8 to 10 years.

Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to burn the myelin (nerve covering) off the fibers that carry pain signals to your brain. This technique is used to treat:

  • Chronic pain from facet joints
  • Chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain
  • Arthritis of the spine (spondylosis)
  • Sacroiliac pain
  • Neck, back, knee, pelvic, and peripheral nerve pain

The procedure normally lasts 15 to 30 minutes. You should feel relief from pain symptoms within 5-14 days.

Kyphoplasty
Kyphoplasty is a surgical operation that stops the pain caused by a spinal fracture. Your surgeon will insert a specialized balloon into your vertebrae and then inflate the balloon. This elevates the fracture, returning the pieces to a normal position. The cavity that is created is filled with a cement substance. When that hardens, it stabilizes the bone.

This procedure takes around 30 minutes for each vertebra you’re having treated. Some patients experience immediate pain relief; for others, the results of kyphoplasty begin reducing pain in about two days.

Vertebroplasty
A vertebroplasty, like a kyphoplasty, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to treat painful fractures in the spine. A cement mixture is injected into the fracture, using a hollow needle. The only difference between a vertebroplasty and a kyphoplasty is that a vertebroplasty doesn’t use a balloon to create a cavity to elevate the collapsed vertebrae. Back pain relief can be immediate.

SI Joint Injections
Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is a common source of lower back pain. If you don’t want to rely on pain medication, then an SI joint injection could be a good alternative for you. The procedure takes 5-10 minutes. It reduces inflammation and provides joint pain relief over an extended period of time.

SI Joint Fusions
In this form of surgery, two bones are fused together to create an immobile unit. This offers joint pain relief and resolves the instability caused by SI joint dysfunction or inflammation.

The entire process for recovery takes up to six months.

Is There Post-Op Care After Pain Management Procedures?

Licensed and registered nurses will provide postoperative care if you have an invasive or minimally invasive pain management procedure. They will ensure you recover well from both the procedure and the anesthesia (if you need it as part of your treatment).

During your post-op period, our nursing team’s primary aim is to re-establish your physiologic balance, which means optimal:

  • Respiratory function
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Fluid intake and output
  • Mobility

We will also help you manage any pain you experience after your procedure and prevent any complications from occurring.

Once these aims are achieved, discharge planning and health teaching are discussed with both you and your caregivers or family members. We want you and your support network to return home fully informed and prepared about how to best aid the rest of your recovery.

Does Insurance Cover Pain Management Procedures at Texas Health Surgery Center Cleburne?

Your health insurance provider may cover the kinds of pain management we offer, depending on the terms and conditions of your health plan. Please refer to the plans that we accept.

What Is the Process for Pain Management at Texas Health Surgery Center Cleburne?

To speed up the check-in process, we’ll need you to fill out your registration form before the date of treatment. You will then request an appointment to check in. A day before the procedure, a staff member will call you to review special instructions and answer any questions you may have. When you arrive at our medical center, you’ll check in at the registration desk to verify your personal, escort, and insurance information.

After check-in, we’ll take you to the pre-op area, where a nurse will conduct a health interview and prepare you for treatment. Your family or escort will stay in the room until the time of the operation. An anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthesia, if any is necessary for the treatment. Then, when it’s the appropriate time, we’ll bring you to the operating room. During the procedure, your escort will stay in a waiting area and then join you in the recovery room after treatment.

Why Should I Choose Texas Health Surgery Center Cleburne for Pain Management?

Physicians at our medical center are long-standing experts in pain management. At Cleburne Surgical, we are dedicated to matching you with the health professional who is right for you. They will listen to your experience with pain, understand the cause of your back pain, joint pain, or other pain, and consult with you about the best option for reducing your pain, so you can live a full life once again. Highly experienced nurses and technicians are also here to provide top-notch care in a warm and caring environment. Our clients consistently tell us that our treatment plans for their pain management are smooth from start to finish.

Ready to find the thing that will finally relieve your pain?

A more comfortable life is right around the corner. Get in touch with us at 817-645-0811, so we can help meet your needs.

Meet Our Doctors

Scott Berlin, M.D.

Dr. Berlin is a pain-management specialist who earned his M.D. at New York Medical College. He trained at Yale University and completed pain management and cardiac anesthesia fellowships. He is Board-certified in anesthesiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine.

When Dr. Berlin moved to Dallas, he opened the Methodist Medical Center pain management clinic, where he was the first to implant a dual lead spinal cord stimulator system. This is now the standard of care. Dr. Berlin continues to provide innovative solutions for painful diseases through his practice with Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine.

Office address:
829 N. Nolan River Road
Cleburne, Texas 76033

Dr. Berlin also practices at Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine locations in Arlington, Burleson, and Fort Worth.

Michael Scott Phillips, M.D.

Pain-management specialist Dr. Phillips was born and raised in Stamford, Texas. He graduated with honors from Texas Tech University and continued on at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, receiving his medical degree in 1995. Dr. Phillips completed his internship in internal medicine at University of Texas HSC in San Antonio. By 1999, Dr. Phillips had also completed his residency in anesthesiology, where he was Chief Resident during his last year.

After residency, Dr. Phillips practiced anesthesia and pain medicine for three years in Abilene, Texas. He then settled in the Dallas area with his family to practice with Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Phillips is Board-certified in anesthesiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine.

Office address:
829 N. Nolan River Road
Cleburne, Texas 76033

Dr. Phillips also practices at Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine locations in Burleson and Fort Worth.