The Mount Sinai Queens pain management team is available to evaluate and treat patients who suffer from chronic or acute pain, regardless of whether the pain is the cause of the hospital admission. Health care professionals from multiple disciplines, including anesthesiologists, neurologists, physiatrists, and social workers, along with a pain management nurse practitioner, develop and implement individualized treatment plans. This enables our patients to experience less pain while in the hospital, and upon discharge, follow a specific plan with the goal of improving the patient’s ability to successfully perform activities of daily life. As a result of this concentration of attention, our patient satisfaction surveys indicate that we met or exceeded all pain control expectations throughout 2011.
Treating Acute and Chronic Pain
To treat pain after surgery our team of anesthesiologists offers multiple modalities to treat postoperative pain, such as infusions of epidural local anesthetics and narcotics, as well as PCA (patient-controlled analgesia). These techniques have been shown to provide superior pain relief as compared to traditional modalities, while also offering improved functioning, and in some cases, earlier discharge from the hospital.
Our pain management nurse practitioner has nearly 20 years of experience treating people with pain and specializes in caring for adult patients. Working closely with three board-certified pain management specialists, treatment plans are devised to treat the patient’s pain, often utilizing appropriate medication management and interventional techniques, such as nerve blocks and epidural injections.
An important aspect of pain management is getting the patient out of bed and functioning. Physiatrists evaluate patients and develop an exercise treatment plan that is administered by our physical therapy department. Appropriate exercise regimens are prescribed and modalities such as electric stimulation and ultrasound are utilized in an effort to reduce inflammation, allow better muscle movement, and alleviate pain.
The social work department offers case management and counseling services for patients to ensure that follow-up can be arranged once the patient is discharged from the hospital.
Our pain management team commonly treats pain associated with:
- Back pain
- Lumbar stenosis
- Compression fracture
- Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
- Sickle cell crisis
- Neck pain
- Postoperative pain
At Mount Sinai Queens we offer a continuum of care. The personalized care we provide in the hospital does not end upon discharge. Upon leaving the hospital, we help patients schedule outpatient appointments with our community- based pain management specialists at their private practices. For example, patients who present to the hospital with sciatica and require a series of epidural steroid injections have an opportunity to complete their care with our physicians on an outpatient basis.
We specialize in treating the large number of elderly patients in the community. We frequently treat geriatric patients who have chronic pain associated with cancer, brittle bone conditions such as osteoporosis, and fractures following a traumatic fall.
When necessary, we also partner with the palliative care team to help manage pain for end-of-life patients.
Mount Sinai Queens
Physician Referral: 1-800-YOUR-MDs
Hospital Tel: 718-932-1000
25-10 30th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11102